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Gumption vs Acumen - What's the difference?

gumption | acumen |

As nouns the difference between gumption and acumen

is that gumption is energy of mind and body, enthusiasm while acumen is quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.

gumption

English

Noun

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  • Energy of mind and body, enthusiasm.
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  • Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness, guts; spunk; initiative.
  • * 1936 ("Gumption" was used as one of Scarlett O'Hara's defining personality traits.) "What qualities are in those who fight their way through triumphantly that are lacking in those that go under? I only know that survivors used to call that quality 'gumption.' So I wrote about people who had gumption and people who didn't."
  • Synonyms

    * gumph * chutzpah

    acumen

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • Quickness of perception or discernment; penetration of mind; the faculty of nice discrimination.
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  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke.
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  • No, no, my dear Watson! With all respect for your natural acumen , I do not think that you are quite a match for the worthy doctor.
  • * 1991 ,
  • Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling? Enthrall me with your acumen .

    Synonyms

    * sharpness, penetration, keenness, shrewdness, acuteness, acuity, wit, foxiness, intelligence, canniness