obtuse

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From Middle French obtus, from Latin obtusus, past participle of obtundere (to strike at or upon, beat, blunt, dull), from ob (upon) + tundere (to strike).

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obtuse (comparative obtuser or more obtuse, superlative obtusest or most obtuse)

  1. (now chiefly botany, zoology) Blunt; not sharp.
  2. Intellectually dull or dim-witted.
    • 2017 March 27, “The Observer view on triggering article 50”, in The Observer[1]:
      Be you a Remainer or a Leaver, you would have to be particularly obtuse not to see that May’s hard Tory Brexit will cost this country and its families more than it can conceivably afford.
  3. Indirect or circuitous.
  4. Of sound: deadened or muffled.
  5. (geometry) Of an angle: greater than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.
  6. (geometry) Of a triangle: with one obtuse angle.

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obtuse

  1. feminine singular of obtus

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obtūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of obtūsus

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