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1‘a blunt knife’
not sharp, unsharpened, dull, dulled, edgeless
2‘the scale is broad with a blunt tip’
rounded, flat, thick, obtuse, stubby, stubbed, unpointed
3‘he had a blunt message for the audience’
straightforward, frank, plain-spoken, candid, direct, bluff, to the point, forthright, unequivocal, point-blank, unceremonious, undiplomatic, indelicate
brusque, abrupt, curt, short, sharp, terse, crisp, gruff, bald, brutal, harsh, caustic
stark, bare, simple, unadorned, unembellished, undisguised, unvarnished, unqualified, pulling no punches, hard-hitting, outspoken, speaking one's mind, not mincing one's words, not beating about the bush, calling a spade a spade
informal upfront, straight from the shoulder
1‘ebony blunts tools very rapidly’
make less sharp, make blunt, make dull
2‘age hasn't blunted my passion for the good things in life’
dull, deaden, dampen, soften, numb, weaken, take the edge off
calm, cool, temper, muffle, impair, allay, abate
tone down, dilute, sap, water down, thin, reduce, moderate
assuage, alleviate, mollify, ease, relieve, slake, sate, appease
diminish, decrease, lessen, deplete
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