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obtuse

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Definition slow to learn or understand
  • 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
  • obtuse = slow to learn or understand
  • a bit obtuse
    T.S. Eliot  --  The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
  • obtuse = slow to learn or understand
  • I saw that two of its iron angles were now acute—two, consequently, obtuse.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • 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
  • People who are not only weak, but silly or obtuse as well, are often in these difficulties.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • And on this aspect you seem singularly obtuse.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • 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
  • 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
  • They were obtuse; their morale was good.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Then Tjaden pretends to be obtuse.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The truth about his remarkable fabrications, however, had not become known to Castleton, solely because of the Englishman's obtuseness.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • He imagines how obtuse and disconnected Cedric must feel.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • And Mom could be so insensitive, so clueless and obtuse.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • His obtuseness frustrated me.
    Nicole Krauss  --  The History of Love
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Again there was that deliberate obtuseness in me.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • The other corner was disproportionately obtuse.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • For there was one quality in Henry for which she was never prepared, however much she reminded herself of it: his obtuseness.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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