Bluntness



having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp:
a blunt pencil.
abrupt in address or manner:
a blunt, ill-timed question.
slow in perception or understanding; obtuse:
His isolation has made him blunt about the feelings of others.
to make blunt; hebetate:
He blunted the knife by using it to cut linoleum.
to weaken or impair the force, keenness, or susceptibility of:
Wine first excites, then blunts the imagination.
to become blunt.
something blunt, as a small-game arrow, a short sewing needle, or a short, thick cigar.
Slang. a cigar stuffed with marijuana.
Contemporary Examples

Sirius Radio Crashes to Earth Alan Deutschman May 30, 2009
U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s Blunt Style Unusual, But Effective on Libya Eleanor Clift January 18, 2012
D.C.’s Conservative Guru Finds His Inner Hippie Eleanor Clift June 26, 2014
Mother’s Day 2013: Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong & Writers Thank Their Moms Gloria Steinem, Erica Jong, Fay Weldon, Dalma Heyn, Joyce Maynard May 11, 2013
Richard Holbrooke’s Last Mission in Afghanistan by David Rohde David Rohde November 25, 2011

Historical Examples

The King of Alsander James Elroy Flecker
The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
The Pacific Triangle Sydney Greenbie
The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
A Virginia Scout Hugh Pendexter

adjective
(esp of a knife or blade) lacking sharpness or keenness; dull
not having a sharp edge or point: a blunt instrument
(of people, manner of speaking, etc) lacking refinement or subtlety; straightforward and uncomplicated
outspoken; direct and to the point: a blunt Yorkshireman
verb (transitive)
to make less sharp
to diminish the sensitivity or perception of; make dull
noun
(slang) a cannabis cigarette
noun
Anthony. 1907–83, British art historian and Soviet spy
Wilfred Scawen. 1840–1922, British poet, traveller, and anti-imperialist
n.
adj.
v.
n.

Users say that the Phillies Blunt brand produces less harsh-tasting or sweeter smoke. The leaf wrapper of a Phillies Blunt is strong enough to hold together through the manipulations of making a blunt. Other brands fall apart. [http://nepenthes.lycaeum.org/Drugs/THC/Smoke/blunts.html]

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