Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb blunt

5 senses of blunt

Sense 1
blunt -- (make less intense; "blunted emotions")
       => weaken -- (lessen the strength of; "The fever weakened his body")

Sense 2
numb, benumb, blunt, dull -- (make numb or insensitive; "The shock numbed her senses")
       => desensitize, desensitise -- (cause not to be sensitive; "The war desensitized many soldiers"; "The photographic plate was desensitized")

Sense 3
dull, blunt -- (make dull or blunt; "Too much cutting dulls the knife's edge")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 4
blunt -- (make less sharp; "blunt the knives")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Sense 5
deaden, blunt -- (make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation; "Terror blunted her feelings"; "deaden a sound")
       => change, alter, modify -- (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue")

Antonyms of adj blunt

4 senses of blunt

Sense 1
blunt -- (having a broad or rounded end; "thick marks made by a blunt pencil")

INDIRECT (VIA pointless) -> pointed -- (having a point)

Sense 2
blunt -- (used of a knife or other blade; not sharp; "a blunt instrument")

INDIRECT (VIA dull) -> sharp -- (having or made by a thin edge or sharp point; suitable for cutting or piercing; "a sharp knife"; "a pencil with a sharp point")

Sense 3
blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder -- (characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation")

INDIRECT (VIA direct) -> indirect -- (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action; "making indirect but legitimate inquiries"; "an indirect insult"; "doubtless they had some indirect purpose in mind"; "though his methods are indirect they are not dishonest"; "known as a shady indirect fellow")

Sense 4
blunt, crude (prenominal), stark (prenominal) -- (devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline")

INDIRECT (VIA unconditional) -> conditional -- (imposing or depending on or containing a condition; "conditional acceptance of the terms"; "lent conditional support"; "the conditional sale will not be complete until the full purchase price is paid")

Similarity of adj blunt

4 senses of blunt

Sense 1
blunt -- (having a broad or rounded end; "thick marks made by a blunt pencil")
       => pointless (vs. pointed), unpointed -- (not having a point especially a sharp point; "my pencils are all pointless")

Sense 2
blunt -- (used of a knife or other blade; not sharp; "a blunt instrument")
       => dull (vs. sharp) -- (not having a sharp edge or point; "the knife was too dull to be of any use")

Sense 3
blunt, candid, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder -- (characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation")
       => direct (vs. indirect) -- (straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action; "a direct question"; "a direct response"; "a direct approach")

Sense 4
blunt, crude (prenominal), stark (prenominal) -- (devoid of any qualifications or disguise or adornment; "the blunt truth"; "the crude facts"; "facing the stark reality of the deadline")
       => unconditional (vs. conditional), unconditioned -- (not conditional; "unconditional surrender")

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