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acute
used in The Lovely Bones

2 meanings, 3 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
Definition
sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
  • Ruth had to be driven to the symposium because that morning, when the bus was leaving, she was still at home with an acute attack of gastritis.
    Chapter Ten (12% in)
acute = severe (with rapid onset)
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2  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
Definition
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
  • The dead are never exactly seen by the living, but many people seem acutely aware of something changed around them.
    Chapter Three (2% in)
acutely = highly (in a manner showing high perceptiveness)
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exact meaning not specified
  • At school that day she had been acutely aware of what day it was and even though what she had done so far—lain in bed reading The Bell Jar, helped her mother clean out what her father insisted on calling his toolshed and what she thought of as the poetry shed, and tagged along to the grocery store—hadn't consisted of anything that might mark the anniversary of my death, she had been determined to do something.
    Chapter Sixteen (6% in)

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