What is the difference between witless and acute?

witless | acute | Antonyms |

Witless is an antonym of acute.


As adjectives the difference between witless and acute

is that witless is destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment while acute is urgent.

As a noun acute is

(orthography) an acute accent.

As a verb acute is

(phonetics) to give an acute sound to.

witless

English

(Webster 1913)

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Destitute of wit or understanding; wanting thought; hence, indiscreet; not under the guidance of judgment.
  • Usage notes

    * This term is frequently found in phrases such as (term), (term), and so on.

    acute

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Urgent.
  • Sensitive.
  • Short, quick, brief.
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  • (geometry) Of an angle, less than 90 degrees.
  • (geometry) Of a triangle, having all three interior angles measuring less than 90 degrees.
  • (botany, of leaves) With the sides meeting directly to form a pointed acute angle at the apex, base, or both.
  • (medicine) Of an abnormal condition of recent or sudden onset, in contrast to delayed onset; this sense does not imply severity (unlike the common usage).
  • (medicine) Of a short-lived condition, in contrast to a chronic condition; this sense also does not imply severity.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Katie L. Burke
  • , title= In the News , volume=101, issue=3, page=193, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Bats host many high-profile viruses that can infect humans, including severe acute respiratory syndrome and Ebola. A recent study explored the ecological variables that may contribute to bats’ propensity to harbor such zoonotic diseases by comparing them with another order of common reservoir hosts: rodents.}}
  • (orthography, after a letter) Having an acute accent.
  • High or shrill.
  • an acute tone or accent

    Synonyms

    * (urgent) pressing, urgent, emergent, sudden * (sensitive) intense, powerful, strong, sharp, keen * (quick) fast, rapid * (triangle) acute-angled * (leaf shape) obtuse

    Antonyms

    * (sensitive) dull, witless, obtuse, slow * (angle) obtuse * (quick) slow, leisurely * (triangle) obtuse, obtuse-angled * chronic

    Derived terms

    * acutance * acuity * acute-angled * acute accent * acuteness

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (orthography) An acute accent.
  • The word “cafe” often has an acute over the ‘e’.

    Verb

    (acut)
  • (phonetics) To give an acute sound to.
  • He acutes his rising inflection too much .

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