how to pronounce obtuse


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obtuse is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of obtuse in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the angle is more obtuse which indicates …”

meanings of obtuse


  1. Indirect or circuitous.
  2. (now chiefly botany, zoology) Blunt; not sharp, pointed, or acute in form.
  3. Of sound, etc.: deadened, muffled, muted.
  4. Intellectually dull or dim-witted.
  5. Larger than one, and smaller than two right angles, or more than 90° and less than 180°.
  6. Obtuse-angled, having an obtuse angle.
  7. Blunt, or rounded at the extremity.


  1. To dull or reduce an emotion or a physical state.

obtuse frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word obtuse occurs in english on average 0.6 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics obtuse can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that obtuse can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) life, nature, and living environment;

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