too obtuse to grasp the implications of his behavior
How can she be so brilliantly incisive on one page and so infuriatingly obtuse on the next?
he was either stupid or being deliberately obtuse
It was as though his eyes were holding their breath, while his mother looked at him ... clairvoyant yet obtuse.
William Faulkner -- The Sound and the Fury
a bit obtuse
T.S. Eliot -- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
"I’m not being obtuse," he said as he crossed his arms over his chest, "but you’re acute girl."
Laurie Halse Anderson -- The Impossible Knife of Memory
It is the systematic operation, which always and obtusely succeeds, the well-planned response to life’s uncertainties and complications.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
And Mom could be so insensitive, so clueless and obtuse.
Anne Tayler -- A Spool of Blue Thread
Then Tjaden pretends to be obtuse.
Erich Maria Remarque -- All Quiet on the Western Front
They were obtuse; their morale was good.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
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Don’t be so obtuse.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
People who are not only weak, but silly or obtuse as well, are often in these difficulties.
George Bernard Shaw -- Pygmalion
I saw that two of its iron angles were now acute—two, consequently, obtuse.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Pit and the Pendulum
The other corner was disproportionately obtuse.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- Crime and Punishment
To submit himself to the criticisms of an obtuse middle class which entrusted its morality to policemen and its fine arts to impresarios?
James Joyce -- Dubliners
And on this aspect you seem singularly obtuse.
C.S. Lewis -- The Screwtape Letters
On the other side of the island, swathed at midday with mirage, defended by the shield of the quiet lagoon, one might dream of rescue; but here, faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of division, one was clamped down, one was helpless, one was condemned, one was— Simon was speaking almost in his ear.
William Golding -- Lord of the Flies
Had this man been endowed with the slightest capacity for perceiving the feelings of others, and had he at all understood what Pierre’s feelings were, the latter would probably have left him, but the man’s animated obtuseness to everything other than himself disarmed Pierre.
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Bella, for a fairly intuitive person, you can be so obtuse!
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
Marie never had possessed much capability of affection, or much sensibility, and the little that she had, had been merged into a most intense and unconscious selfishness; a selfishness the more hopeless, from its quiet obtuseness, its utter ignorance of any claims but her own.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
At the moment when she makes her entrance into this history which we are relating, she was an antique virtue, an incombustible prude, with one of the sharpest noses, and one of the most obtuse minds that it is possible to see.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
Yes, but still,’ said Hermione, with an air of explaining something very simple to somebody very obtuse, ’even if you do cause a diversion, how is Harry supposed to talk to him?
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Now, when he was on fire with his Cause, Arthur’s justice seemed bourgeois and obtuse beside him.
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
This was so very aggravating—the more especially as I found myself making no way against his surly obtuseness—that I said, disregarding Herbert’s efforts to check me,— "Come, Mr. Drummle, since we are on the subject, I’ll tell you what passed between Herbert here and me, when you borrowed that money."
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
He was so obtuse he did not realize the implied insult in his astonishment that a black man could do anything but say "yes, sir" and mumble four-letter words.
John Howard Griffin -- Black Like Me
To this Sancho made answer, "Indeed those gentlemen the judges that send you to me might have spared themselves the trouble, for I have more of the obtuse than the acute in me; but repeat the case over again, so that I may understand it, and then perhaps I may be able to hit the point."
Miguel de Cervantes -- Don Quixote
Again there was that deliberate obtuseness in me.
Anne Rice -- Interview with the Vampire
Mrs. Honeychurch had been civil, but obtuse in essentials, while as for Freddy—"He is only a boy," he reflected.
E.M. Forster -- A Room With A View
When the elder Osborne gave what he called "a hint," there was no possibility for the most obtuse to mistake his meaning.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
A heavy club of wood, or a broad bar of iron—a chair—any large, heavy, and obtuse weapon would have produced such results, if wielded by the hands of a very powerful man.
Edgar Allan Poe -- The Murders in the Rue Morgue
How obtuse of me.
Kenneth Oppel -- Airborn
Mighty was their fuss about little matters, and marvellous, sometimes, the obtuseness that allowed greater ones to slip between their fingers Whenever such a mischance occurred—when a waggon-load of valuable merchandise had been smuggled ashore, at noonday, perhaps, and directly beneath their unsuspicious noses—nothing could exceed the vigilance and alacrity with which they proceeded to lock, and double-lock, and secure with tape and sealing-wax, all the avenues of the delinquent…
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
He imagines how obtuse and disconnected Cedric must feel.
Ron Suskind -- A Hope in the Unseen
What had made her so blind, so obtuse?
Ian McEwan -- Atonement
Her tone, as she uttered the exclamation, had a plaintive and really exquisite melody thrilling through it, yet without subduing a certain something which an obtuse auditor might still have mistaken for asperity.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The House of the Seven Gables
"Poh, poh, you are obtuse!" said Mr. Smooth-it-away, with a hearty laugh.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Celestial Railroad
Of a bodily and mental male organism specially adapted for the superincumbent posture of energetic human copulation and energetic piston and cylinder movement necessary for the complete satisfaction of a constant but not acute concupiscence resident in a bodily and mental female organism, passive but not obtuse.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
Not but that the puff was very nice, for Maggie’s palate was not at all obtuse, but she would have gone without it many times over, sooner than Tom should call her greedy and be cross with her.
George Eliot -- The Mill on the Floss
Binet, a few shopkeepers, two or three publicans, the cure, and finally, Monsieur Tuvache, the mayor, with his two sons, rich, crabbed, obtuse persons, who farmed their own lands and had feasts among themselves, bigoted to boot, and quite unbearable companions.
Gustave Flaubert -- Madame Bovary
But though Rakitin was very sensitive about everything that concerned himself, he was very obtuse as regards the feelings and sensations of others—partly from his youth and inexperience, partly from his intense egoism.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky -- The Brothers Karamazov
She liked their elegance, their lightness, their lack of emphasis: even the self-assurance which at times was so like obtuseness now seemed the natural sign of social ascendency.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
Every projection in each was worn down to obtuseness, partly by weather, more by friction from generations of loungers, whose toes and heels had from year to year made restless movements against these parapets, as they had stood there meditating on the aspect of affairs.
Thomas Hardy -- The Mayor of Casterbridge
Enough that in the present case, as in millions, it was not the two halves of a perfect whole that confronted each other at the perfect moment; a missing counterpart wandered independently about the earth waiting in crass obtuseness till the late time came.
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Forgive me for being so obtuse, but what is your new job? I suppose, of course, it’s something to do with animals.
Arthur C. Clarke -- Childhood’s End
The notes flew forth with the usual blind obtuseness of inanimate things—flapping and rebounding among walls, undulating against the scattered clouds, spreading through their interstices into unexplored miles of space.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
Suppressing the angry sensation, with instinctive quickness, she answered with a readiness and truth, that caused her sister to draw near to listen, though the obtuse intellect of the latter was far from comprehending the workings of a heart as treacherous, as uncertain, and as impetuous in its feelings, as that of the spoiled and flattered beauty.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Deerslayer
My obtuseness provoked him into a contemptuous "Pshaw!"
Joseph Conrad -- Lord Jim
"But why?" His obtuseness frustrated me.
Nicole Krauss -- The History of Love
He remembered with what a callous selfishness his uncle had treated her, how obtuse he had been to her humble, devoted love.
W. Somerset Maugham -- Of Human Bondage
For there was one quality in Henry for which she was never prepared, however much she reminded herself of it: his obtuseness.