Definition of obtuse in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈtjuːs/


1Annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand: he wondered if the doctor was being deliberately obtuse
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  • This is not because they are obtuse or stupid or misdirected.
  • To this end, the Peak began to ask how America could be so obtuse as to not understand the motives behind the attack.
  • I wouldn't say these guys were necessarily trying for a hit… they're too obtuse for such a crass act.
1.1Difficult to understand, especially deliberately so: some of the lyrics are a bit obtuse
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  • The deadpan humour behind their stone-faced radical posturing and deliberately obtuse lyrics were certainly overlooked by many.
  • With some it's all there if you read between the lines, while others are deliberately obtuse to maintain an element of privacy.
  • What's more, it turned a difficult, obtuse administrative issue - campaign financing - into an easy-to-grasp, emotionally appealing one.
2(Of an angle) more than 90° and less than 180°: an obtuse angle of 150°
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  • I found it, I measured it, and, well, I'm sorry, people, but an obtuse angle of 134 degrees just ain't a corner.
  • These students had studied different types of angles e.g., acute, straight and obtuse angles, and discussed the notion of adjacent angles.
  • The LRF - 800's performance in the field, especially on smaller objects and those with severely obtuse angles, remains to seen.
3Not sharp-pointed or sharp-edged; blunt: it had strange obtuse teeth
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  • The sepals are obtuse to rounded, but never retuse as in some plants of L. racemulosa.
  • The base of each valve was rounded in both lines, but was blunt and obtuse in Apex and more tapered in DK142.
  • Left anterior auricle shallow, with straight dorsal margin and obtuse, outwardly concave anterior margin lacking a byssal sinus.



Pronunciation: /əbˈtjuːsli/
Example sentences
  • I always answer that obtusely by saying I put myself into Stephen.
  • As much as President Stevenson wants to obtusely hold to some notion that tuition hikes don't affect access, they do.
  • The latter strand, featuring the inflexible and obtusely by-the-book Captain Francis, peaks in the episode ‘Bad Company’.


Pronunciation: /ɒbˈtjuːsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Tracks like ‘Bodies At Rest And In Motion’ can't hide their avant-garde obtuseness, even under skittering drum machines.
  • This quote is almost perfect in its obtuseness.
  • Change the Climate's web page reveals nothing unique or provocative except extraordinarily distressing obtuseness.


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  • The sheer obtusity and disgustingness of such an ‘arrangement’ between colony and colonial reveals itself.
  • In this context the law ought not to give an advantage to obtusity.


Late Middle English (in sense 3): from Latin obtusus, past participle of obtundere 'beat against' (see obtund).

Words that rhyme with obtuse

abstruse, abuse, adduce, Ballets Russes, Belarus, Bruce, burnous, caboose, charlotte russe, conduce, deduce, deuce, diffuse, douce, educe, excuse, goose, induce, introduce, juice, Larousse, loose, luce, misuse, moose, mousse, noose, Palouse, produce, profuse, puce, recluse, reduce, Rousse, seduce, sluice, Sousse, spruce, traduce, truce, use, vamoose, Zeus

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