Word of the Day: Obtuse

obtuse

ob-tuse / ŏb-to͞os, ŏb-tyo͞os, əb-to͞os, əb-tyo͞os

 

adjective

1. of an angle, greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees

I saw that two of its iron angles were now acute — two, consequently, obtuse.

From “The Pit and the Pendulum” by Edgar Allen Poe, 1809 – 1849

 

2. not mentally quick or perceptive

One of the most obtuse superstitions is the superstition of the scientists who say that man can exist without faith.

Leo Tolstoy, 1828 – 1910

 

3. insensitive; unfeeling

I left, disgusted at her obtuse remark that I was too naive to interpret at the time.

www.irishexaminer.com/opinion/commentanalysis/arid-30835060.html, accessed June 30, 2022

 

4. dull; not felt distinctly

Then a stiffness with obtuse pain, is felt in one or both sides of the articulation of the lower jaw, impending its motion and of course mastication. 

Robert Hamilton, M.D., 1721 – 1793

 

5. not sharp or pointed; blunt

There were two straight incised wounds on the left side of the head, one about five and the other about two inches long, which had apparently been inflected by an obtuse instrument.

From “An Essay on the Principles of Circumstantial Evidence” by William Wills, 1792 – 1860

 

6. (Botany, of leaves, petals, etc.) having a rounded or blunt tip

A closer inspection allows you to tell them apart though as the former has an obtuse leaf blade while the latter has more of a narrow, oblong leaf.

“Japanese supple-jack”, ‘Picture This’, www.picturethisai.com/wiki/Berchemia_floribunda.html, accessed June 30, 2022