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Word: acute

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  • noun a mark placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation
    Synonyms

    acute accent, ague

  • adj having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
    Examples
    • acute appendicitis
    • the acute phase of the illness
    • acute patients
  • adj of an angle; less than 90 degrees
  • adj extremely sharp or severe
    Synonyms

    intense

    Examples
    • acute pain
    • felt acute annoyance
    • intense itching and burning
  • adj having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
    Examples
    • an acute observer of politics and politicians
    • incisive comments
    • icy knifelike reasoning
    • as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang
    • penetrating insight
    • frequent penetrative observations
  • adj ending in a sharp point
    Synonyms

    acuate, needlelike, sharp

  • adj of critical importance and consequence
    Examples
    • an acute (or critical) lack of research funds
Definitions are taken from Princeton’s WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2010