Synonyms of acute


1. acute accent, acute, ague, accent, accent mark

usage: a mark (') placed above a vowel to indicate pronunciation


1. acute (vs. chronic), subacute

usage: having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course; "acute appendicitis"; "the acute phase of the illness"; "acute patients"

2. acute, intense, sharp (vs. dull)

usage: extremely sharp or intense; "acute pain"; "felt acute annoyance"; "intense itching and burning"

3. acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp, perceptive (vs. unperceptive)

usage: having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions; "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"

4. acute (vs. obtuse)

usage: of an angle; less than 90 degrees

5. acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike, pointed (vs. pointless)

usage: ending in a sharp point

6. acute, critical (vs. noncritical)

usage: of critical importance and consequence; "an acute (or critical) lack of research funds"

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Definition and meaning of acute (Dictionary)