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Another word for acute

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Adjective
  1. Having an end that tapers to a point

    See also:

    sharp

  2. Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity

  3. So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis

      1. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous:
      2. Urgent; desperate:
      1. Having lost all hope; despairing.
      2. Marked by, arising from, or showing despair:
      3. Reckless or violent because of despair:
      1. Extremely significant or important:
      2. Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome:
      3. Having the form of a cross; cross-shaped.
      1. Judging severely and finding fault:
      2. Relating to or characterized by criticism; reflecting careful analysis and judgment:
      3. Of, relating to, or characteristic of critics:
      1. A critical period or year in a person's life when major changes in health or fortune are thought to take place.
      2. A critical stage, period, or year:
      3. Of or relating to a climacteric.
    See also:

    safety

  4. Marked by severity or intensity

    See also:

    big

  5. Elevated in pitch

Another word for acute

Modifier
  1. Pointed

    See also:

    sharp

  2. Crucial

    See also:

    crucial

  3. Shrewd

  4. Sharp

      1. Capable of or designed for incising, shearing, or severing:
      2. Sharply penetrating; piercing:
      3. Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings of others:
      1. Having a fine, sharp cutting edge or point.
      2. Having or marked by intellectual quickness and acuity.
      3. Acutely sensitive:
      1. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
      2. Marked by or requiring strict adherence to rigorous standards or high principles:
      3. Stern or forbidding, as in manner or appearance:
  5. Discerning

    See also:

    observant

Synonym Study

  • Crucial comes into contrast with critical where a trial determining a course of action rather than a decisive turning point is involved a crucial debate on foreign policy See also syn. study at sharp.
  • a critical point in the negotiations
  • Critical is applied to a crisis or a turning point that will decisively determine an outcome the situation was critical
  • Acute suggests severe intensification of a condition that is sharply approaching a climax an acute shortage of workers