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Blunt - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Blunt' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Blunt [ a.]
- Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; dull; not sharp.
- Dull in understanding; slow of discernment; stupid; -- opposed to acute.
- Abrupt in address; plain; unceremonious; wanting the forms of civility; rough in manners or speech.
- Hard to impress or penetrate.
2 . Blunt [ n.]
- A fencer's foil.
- A short needle with a strong point. See Needle.
- Money.
3 . Blunt [ v. t.]
- To dull the edge or point of, by making it thicker; to make blunt.
- To repress or weaken, as any appetite, desire, or power of the mind; to impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility, of; as, to blunt the feelings.

Meaning of 'Blunt' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . blunt [ v]
Meaning (1):
- make less sharp
Example in sentence:
  • blunt the knives
Meaning (2):
- make less intense
Example in sentence:
  • blunted emotions
Meaning (3):
- make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation
Example in sentence:
  • deaden a sound;
  • Terror blunted her feelings
Meaning (4):
- make numb or insensitive
Example in sentence:
  • The shock numbed her senses
Meaning (5):
- make dull or blunt
Example in sentence:
  • Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge
6 . blunt [ s]
Meaning (6):
- used of a knife or other blade; not sharp
Example in sentence:
  • a blunt instrument
Meaning (7):
- characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion
Example in sentence:
  • a blunt New England farmer;
  • a forthright approach to the problem;
  • a point-blank accusation;
  • blunt talking and straight shooting;
  • forthright criticism;
  • I gave them my candid opinion;
  • it is possible to be outspoken without being rude;
  • plainspoken and to the point;
  • tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank
Meaning (8):
- devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment
Example in sentence:
  • facing the stark reality of the deadline;
  • the blunt truth;
  • the crude facts
Meaning (9):
- having a broad or rounded end
Example in sentence:
  • thick marks made by a blunt pencil