adjective/adjetivo (-er, -est)
- 1.1 (not sharp) [pencil] desafilado, que no tiene punta, mocho (especially Latin America/especialmente América Latina) ; [tip/edge] romo; [knife/blade] (British English/inglés británico) desafilado a blunt instrument un objeto contundente the act is a very blunt instrument for dealing with this problem la ley ataca el problema de manera muy burdaMore example sentences
More example sentences1.2 (straightforward) [person/manner] directo, franco; [refusal] rotundo, categórico to be blunt, it won't work para serte franco or sincero, no creo que funcione she was very blunt about our shortcomings no tuvo pelos en la lengua para señalar nuestras deficiencias
- Use a really sharp knife. A blunt knife will ‘bruise’ the onion and let more juices out, therefore more tears.
- If you prod the meat with a blunt implement, you will discover cooked meat has a different feel to uncooked meat.
- He was hit over the head with a blunt implement and was found unconscious, suffering from a fractured skull, minutes later lying on a grass verge.
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- Until the 1840s, screws had a flat or blunt tip, which necessitated drilling a lead hole first in order to start the screw.
- Sea otters have flat, blunt tails as well as webbed hind paws.
- This is why spacecraft are designed with rounded noses and very blunt wings - characteristics that also increase the drag force.
- You are very blunt, candid and brutally honest.
- Or will they say here's a plain spoken, direct, blunt guy who may make his way in politics.
- I am blunt, straightforward, demanding of myself and others.
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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.