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Word of the Day
Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Definitions for acute

  1. acting keenly on the senses; sharp
  2. quick in discernment; drawing fine distinctions
  3. of an angle, less than 90 degrees

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Citations for acute
I find the pain of a little censure, even when it is unfounded, is more acute than the pleasure of much praise. Thomas Jefferson,
Origin of acute
by 1570, from Latin acutus "sharp, pointed." Medical sense of "fever or disease that comes and goes quickly" (rather than a chronic one) first recorded 1667.