What does bluntness mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bluntnessnoun

    the quality of being direct and outspoken

    "the bluntness of a Yorkshireman"

  2. dullness, bluntnessnoun

    without sharpness or clearness of edge or point

    "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"


  1. bluntnessnoun

    The characteristic of being blunt.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bluntnessnoun

    Etymology: from blunt.

    The crafty boy, that had full oft essay’d
    To pierce my stubborn and resisting breast,
    But still the bluntness of his darts betray’d. John Suckling.

    His silence grew wit, his bluntness integrity, his beastly ignorance, virtuous simplicity. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Manage disputes with civility; whence some readers will be assisted to discern a difference betwixt bluntness of speech and strength of reason. Boyle.

    False friends, his deadliest foes, could find no way,
    But shows of honest bluntness to betray. John Dryden, H. and Pan.


  1. bluntness

    Bluntness refers to the quality of being straightforward, direct, and unreserved in speech or behavior, often without concern for diplomacy or tact. It can also refer to an object or edge that is not sharp.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bluntnessnoun

    want of edge or point; dullness; obtuseness; want of sharpness

  2. Bluntnessnoun

    abruptness of address; rude plainness

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bluntness in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bluntness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of bluntness in a Sentence

  1. Dean Acheson:

    The task of a public officer seeking to explain and gain support for a major policy is not that of the writer of a doctoral thesis, qualification must give way to simplicity of statement, nicety and nuance to bluntness, almost brutality, in carrying home a point.

  2. Allison Ling:

    Bluntness is a virtue.

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  • فظاظةArabic
  • απότομοGreek
  • moandys, bryntid, moalid, neuvirrid, moalaght, moandid, bryntysManx
  • trulumsLatvian
  • туповатость, затуплениеRussian

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