starkly and directly, with no attempt to be tactful or diplomatic: I always had a tendency to act in ways that are politically unwise—to bluntly say what I consider the truth.To put it bluntly, that is a very poor piece of policy-making.
in a way that involves no subtlety or discernment: It was one of those things that's so bluntly obvious, none of them really had to say anything about it.The three-strikes law has been applied too broadly, too bluntly, with some people serving life sentences for relatively minor crimes.
without any sharp points or edges: It has downy leaves and stems and small white flowers blooming in June, followed by bluntly triangular seedpods.
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How to use bluntly in a sentence
New unpublished research from Kansas and Tennessee suggests that not only do mask mandates prevent Covid-19 spread, they may also blunt the severity of illness and reduce the number of serious cases that require hospitalization.Why every state should adopt a mask mandate, in 4 charts | Youyou Zhou | November 9, 2020 | Vox
You are using a big blunt instrument, and you are crushing the economy.Fareed Zakaria: COVID-19 lockdowns are a sign of failure | Jeremy Kahn | October 27, 2020 | Fortune
The blunt-talking DeFazio had easily won the 4th District, and its predecessors, even when many of its voters turned away from other Democrats.
And, in almost all cases, the effects have succeeded in blunting deadly outbreaks, giving health care officials precious time to assess what worked, what didn’t, and prepare for future waves.As COVID cases spike in Europe, Italy stands out—but this time for doing things right | Bernhard Warner | October 15, 2020 | Fortune
The film is an exercise in imagination and an inquiry into whether imagining the loss of a loved one and their hopes for the hereafter might magnify or blunt the blow of death when it finally comes.11 compelling documentaries to watch for this fall | Alissa Wilkinson | October 9, 2020 | Vox
At 1:42 a.m., a commenter bluntly asked: “Jeff, Is it true you are a convicted sex offender?”Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
I had a couple bluntly tell me that they hated it here, with the silent expectation that I would too.
When asked what would have happened if she and her family stayed in the bush, Nyalada answered bluntly, “We would have died.”
His vibe was icy as he bluntly remarked, “What are you doing here?”When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More | Gary Wright | September 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
bluntly stated, Burns failed to tell us what that generation fought for.
My conscience importuned me to tell her bluntly that they would only come into Walsh feet first.Raw Gold | Bertrand W. Sinclair
We first went to the German, who very bluntly cut us short by saying that he had no room.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
I dont believe your mother knew you had that theatrical man to drive with you, said Laura, bluntly.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
But Miss Grace bluntly told him that a gourdvine would be far more suitable.A Fortune Hunter; Or, The Old Stone Corral | John Dunloe Carteret
"I wouldn't believe one of 'em, sir, under any oath that could be imposed on 'em," replied Chief Blake bluntly.Uncle Sam's Boys as Lieutenants | H. Irving Hancock