Synonyms of acute in English:

acute


See definition of acute

adjective

1‘Emily had an acute ear for instrumental sounds’

SYNONYMS

keen, sharp, good, penetrating, discerning, perceptive, sensitive, subtle

ANTONYMS

poor

2‘he has an exceptionally acute mind’

SYNONYMS

astute, shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, rapier-like, quick, quick-witted, agile, nimble, ingenious, clever, intelligent, bright, brilliant, smart, canny, intuitive, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, penetrating, insightful, incisive, piercing, discriminating, sagacious, wise, judicious

informal on the ball, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, brainy, streetwise, savvy

British informal suss

Northern English Scottish informal pawky

North American informal heads-up, whip-smart

informal, dated long-headed

rare argute, sapient

ANTONYMS

slow-witted

3‘the acute food shortages of post-war England’

SYNONYMS

severe, critical, drastic, dire, dreadful, terrible, awful, grave, bad, serious, profound

urgent, pressing, desperate

all-important, vital, dangerous, hazardous, perilous, precarious

life-threatening, life-and-death

archaic parlous

rare egregious

ANTONYMS

negligible

4‘the meal gave us acute pains in our stomachs’

SYNONYMS

stabbing, shooting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, keen, racking, searing, burning, consuming

fierce, ferocious

intense, severe, extreme, excruciating, agonizing, grievous, hellish, torturous, tormenting, unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can stand

literary exquisite

ANTONYMS

dull, mild

5‘the patient had acute colitis’

SYNONYMS

severe, intense, short-lasting

peracute

informal short and sharp

ANTONYMS

chronic