- The quality of being acute or pointed; as, the acuteness of an angle.
- The faculty of nice discernment or perception; sensitiveness; – applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions.
- Shrillness; high pitch; – said of sounds.
- Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis.
- Shrewdness, quickness of mind
acute + -ness
Variant of acute
- having a sharp point
- keen or quick of mind; shrewd
- sensitive to impressions: acute hearing
- severe and sharp, as pain, jealousy, etc.
- severe but of short duration; not chronic: said of some diseases
- very serious; critical; crucial: an acute shortage of workers
- shrill; high in pitch
- of less than 90 degrees: an acute angle
- intensive (sense )
Origin of acuteClassical Latin acutus, past participle of acuere, sharpen: see acumen