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Acuteness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    acuteness n
  1. a quick and penetrating intelligence; "he argued with great acuteness"; "I admired the keenness of his mind" [syn: acuity, sharpness, keenness]
  2. the quality of having a sharp edge or point [ant: obtuseness]
Acuteness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Acuteness \A*cute"ness\, n.
  1. The quality of being acute or pointed; sharpness; as, the acuteness of an angle.
  2. The faculty of nice discernment or perception; acumen; keenness; sharpness; sensitiveness; -- applied to the senses, or the understanding. By acuteness of feeling, we perceive small objects or slight impressions: by acuteness of intellect, we discern nice distinctions. Perhaps, also, he felt his professional acuteness interested in bringing it to a successful close. --Sir W. Scott.
  3. Shrillness; high pitch; -- said of sounds.
  4. (Med.) Violence of a disease, which brings it speedily to a crisis. Syn: Penetration; sagacity; keenness; ingenuity; shrewdness; subtlety; sharp-wittedness.

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* Without Christ, sciences in every department are vain....The man who knows not God is vain, though he should be conversant with every branch of learning. Nay more, we may affirm this too with truth, that these choice gifts of God -- expertness of mind, acuteness of judgment, liberal sciences, and acquaintance with languages, are in a manner profaned in every instance in which they fall to the lot of wicked men. - John Calvin


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