toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

acute
used in The Scarlet Letter

7 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
1  —1 use as in:
acute vision
Definition sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)

(often with a connotation that resulting awareness is painful)
  • But she said it with a hesitation that did not escape the acuteness of the child.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (93% in)
acuteness = intelligence (sharpness or high perceptiveness)
There are no more uses of "acute" flagged with this meaning in The Scarlet Letter.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Vocabulary.com®Dictionary / synonyms — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®
?  —6 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • Sad, indeed, that an introspection so profound and acute as this poor minister's should be so miserably deceived!
    Chapter 20 -- The Minister in a Maze (14% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • His gifts were emphatically those of a man of business; prompt, acute, clear-minded; with an eye that saw through all perplexities, and a faculty of arrangement that made them vanish as by the waving of an enchanter's wand.
    Introductory (50% in)
  • If, heretofore, I had been none of the warmest of partisans I began now, at this season of peril and adversity, to be pretty acutely sensible with which party my predilections lay; nor was it without something like regret and shame that, according to a reasonable calculation of chances, I saw my own prospect of retaining office to be better than those of my democratic brethren.
    Introductory (92% in)
  • It was immediately responded to by a light, airy, childish laugh, in which, with a thrill of the heart—but he knew not whether of exquisite pain, or pleasure as acute—he recognised the tones of little Pearl.
    Chapter 12 -- The Minister's Vigil (47% in)
  • But now the idea came strongly into Hester's mind, that Pearl, with her remarkable precocity and acuteness, might already have approached the age when she could have been made a friend, and intrusted with as much of her mother's sorrows as could be imparted, without irreverence either to the parent or the child.
    Chapter 15 -- Hester and Pearl (70% in)
  • "Doth he love us?" said Pearl, looking up with acute intelligence into her mother's face.
    Chapter 19 -- The Child at the Brookside (84% in)

There are no more uses of "acute" in The Scarlet Letter.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Vocabulary.com®Dictionary / synonyms — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®