obtusity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

obtuse +‎ -ity, from Latin obtusitas.

Noun[edit]

obtusity (countable and uncountable, plural obtusities)

  1. obtuseness
    • 1848, [Rigby, Elizabeth.] "Vanity Fair--and Jane Eyre." London Quarterly Review, December 1848.
      Some ladies would have thought it high time to leave the Squire alone with his chestnut tree; or, at all events, unnecessary to keep up that tone of high-souled feminine obtusity which they are quite justified in adopting if the gentlemen will not speak out—but Jane again does neither.

Usage notes[edit]

Much less common than standard obtuseness.

Synonyms[edit]

References[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for obtusity in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)