Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun acute

1 sense of acute

Sense 1
acute accent, acute, ague -- (a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation)
       => accent, accent mark -- (a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation)

Antonyms of adj acute

6 senses of acute

Sense 1
acute (vs. chronic) -- (having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients")

chronic (vs. acute) -- (being long-lasting and recurrent or characterized by long suffering; "chronic indigestion"; "a chronic shortage of funds"; "a chronic invalid")
        => degenerative -- ((of illness) marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function; "degenerative diseases of old age")

Sense 2
acute, intense -- (extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning")

INDIRECT (VIA sharp) -> dull -- (not keenly felt; "a dull throbbing"; "dull pain")

Sense 3
acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp -- (having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations")

INDIRECT (VIA perceptive) -> unperceptive, unperceiving -- (lacking perception; "as unperceptive as a boulder")

Sense 4
acute (vs. obtuse) -- (of an angle; less than 90 degrees)

obtuse (vs. acute) -- (of an angle; between 90 and 180 degrees)

Sense 5
acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike -- (ending in a sharp point)

INDIRECT (VIA pointed) -> pointless, unpointed -- (not having a point especially a sharp point; "my pencils are all pointless")

Sense 6
acute -- (of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds")

INDIRECT (VIA critical) -> noncritical, noncrucial -- (not in a state of crisis or emergency)

Similarity of adj acute

6 senses of acute

Sense 1
acute (vs. chronic) -- (having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients")
       => subacute -- (less than acute; relating to a disease present in a person with no symptoms of it)

Sense 2
acute, intense -- (extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning")
       => sharp (vs. dull) -- (keenly and painfully felt; as if caused by a sharp edge or point; "a sharp pain"; "sharp winds")

Sense 3
acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp -- (having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "an acute observer of politics and politicians"; "incisive comments"; "icy knifelike reasoning"; "as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"; "penetrating insight"; "frequent penetrative observations")
       => perceptive (vs. unperceptive) -- (having the ability to perceive or understand; keen in discernment; "a perceptive eye"; "a perceptive observation")

Sense 4
acute (vs. obtuse) -- (of an angle; less than 90 degrees)

Sense 5
acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike -- (ending in a sharp point)
       => pointed (vs. pointless) -- (having a point)

Sense 6
acute -- (of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds")
       => critical (vs. noncritical) -- (being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency; "a critical shortage of food"; "a critical illness"; "an illness at the critical stage")

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