Pointed vs Urged - What's the difference?

pointed | urged |

As verbs the difference between pointed and urged

is that pointed is (point) while urged is (urge).

As an adjective pointed

is (comparable) sharp, barbed; not dull.




  • (point)
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (comparable) Sharp, barbed; not dull.
  • The warrior brandished a pointed spear.
  • (not comparable) In animals, having a coat pattern with points, that is, darkening of the extremities.
  • The Siamese is a pointed breed of cat.
  • (comparable, of a comment or inference) Directed negatively at a person or topic.
  • * 1863 February 21, “ Important from Washington”, in The New York Times :
  • Attention has been called to the report in a New-York paper, which has been made the subject of pointed comment
  • * 2013 June 18, , " Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
  • After a harsh police crackdown last week fueled anger and swelled protests, President Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla who was imprisoned under the dictatorship and has now become the target of pointed criticism herself, tried to appease dissenters by embracing their cause on Tuesday.
  • * 1910 September 3, “ Taft Is Not Pleased by Roosevelt Plan”, in The New York Times :
  • President Taft to-day had a pointed comment for the "new nationalism" that his predecessor has been launching in the West.


    * (sharp) pointy, sharp


    * (sharp) blunt

    Derived terms

    * pointedly






  • (urge)
  • Anagrams





    (en noun)
  • A strong desire; an itch to do something.
  • Verb

  • To press; to push; to drive; to impel; to force onward.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • through the thick deserts headlong urged his flight
  • To press the mind or will of; to ply with motives, arguments, persuasion, or importunity.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My brother never / Did urge me in his act; I did inquire it.
  • To provoke; to exasperate.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Urge not my father's anger.
  • To press hard upon; to follow closely.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Heir urges heir, like wave impelling wave.
  • To present in an urgent manner; to insist upon.
  • to urge''' an argument; to '''urge the necessity of a case
  • (obsolete) To treat with forcible means; to take severe or violent measures with.
  • to urge an ore with intense heat
  • To press onward or forward.
  • To be pressing in argument; to insist; to persist.
  • Synonyms

    * animate * incite * impel * instigate * stimulate * encourage

    See also

    * surge


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