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  1. Having spikes.
  2. Of a graph or trend that has rapidly reached a maximum.
  3. (Of a beverage) Containing alcohol or drugs, often without the informing those who partake.
Intense or bracing:
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  1. Intense or bracing:
  2. Ardent; enthusiastic:
  3. Acutely sensitive:
Designating or of a point at which a change in character, property, or condition is effected
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  1. Designating or of a point at which a change in character, property, or condition is effected
  2. Extremely important or essential:
  3. Designating or of important products or raw materials subject to increased production and restricted distribution under strict control, as in wartime
(Med.) Having the form of a cross
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  1. (Med.) Having the form of a cross
  2. Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome:
  3. Extremely significant or important:
Marked by promptness and decision.
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  1. Marked by promptness and decision.
  2. Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.
  3. Determining or closely affecting what comes next; critically important; crucial
Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
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  1. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
  2. Causing great discomfort, damage, or distress:
  3. Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
Deeply interested or involved:
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  1. Deeply interested or involved:
  2. Not easily answered or solved:
  3. Concerned with important rather than trivial matters:
In a slow and solemn manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
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  1. In a slow and solemn manner. Used chiefly as a direction.
  2. Requiring serious thought; momentous:
  3. Requiring serious thought; important; weighty
Being able or likely to do harm.
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  1. Being able or likely to do harm.
  2. Involving or filled with danger; perilous.
  3. Full of danger; likely to cause injury, pain, etc.; unsafe; perilous
Having, or acting as if having, power, authority, influence, high position, etc.
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  1. Having, or acting as if having, power, authority, influence, high position, etc.
  2. Meaning a great deal; having much significance, consequence, or value
  3. Strongly affecting the course of events or the nature of things; significant:
Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness:
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  1. Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness:
  2. Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining:
  3. Extremely important; essential:
Characterized by much action, emotion, etc.
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  1. Characterized by much action, emotion, etc.
  2. Involving or showing strain or extreme effort:
  3. Having or showing strong emotion, firm purpose, great seriousness, etc.
  1. Insistent, earnest, or persistent.
  2. Demanding immediate attention; urgent:
  3. Persistent in request or demand; insistent
Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
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  1. Compelling immediate action or attention; pressing.
  2. Conveying a sense of pressing importance:
  3. Calling for haste, immediate action, etc.; grave; pressing
Nearly hopeless; critical:
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  1. Nearly hopeless; critical:
  2. Suffering or driven by great need or distress:
  3. Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
Calling for quick action; urgent
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  1. Calling for quick action; urgent
  2. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous:
  3. Arousing terror or causing extreme distress; dreadful; terrible
Extreme in effect; severe or radical:
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  1. Extreme in effect; severe or radical:
  2. Extreme; severe.
  3. Acting with force; having a strong or violent effect; severe; harsh; extreme
Skilled at accomplishing things, especially with the hands:
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  1. Skilled at accomplishing things, especially with the hands:
  2. Handsome, convenient, nice, etc.
  3. Exhibiting ingenuity or imagination; creative or artful:
Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
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  1. Having or showing a clever or shrewd mind; cunning; crafty; wily
  2. Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.
Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
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  1. Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
  2. Able or seeming to penetrate:
  3. Sharp; piercing
Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
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  1. Extremely difficult to perform or endure; trying:
  2. Very dangerous or harmful; grave or grievous:
  3. Unsparing, harsh, or strict, as in treatment of others:
Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
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  1. Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
  2. Sharp or cutting in force; piercing
  3. Sharp-witted; mentally acute; shrewd
Capable of or designed for incising, shearing, or severing:
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  1. Capable of or designed for incising, shearing, or severing:
  2. Injuring or capable of injuring the feelings of others:
  3. Sharply penetrating; piercing:
Having a discerning judgment or taste
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  1. Having a discerning judgment or taste
  2. Marked by or showing prejudice; discriminatory.
  3. Able to perceive fine distinctions between similar things; perceptive
Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
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  1. Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
  2. Able or seeming to penetrate:
  3. Sharp; piercing
Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others:
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  1. Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others:
  2. Fluctuating or tending to fluctuate, especially in price:
  3. Easily irritated:
Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition
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  1. Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition
  2. Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
  3. Marked by discernment and understanding; sensitive.
Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
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  1. Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
  2. Sharp; vivid; strong:
  3. Acutely sensitive:
Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
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  1. Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
  2. Fierce or impetuous; violent:
  3. Acutely sensitive in seeing, hearing, etc.
Having the shape of a needle:
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  1. Having the shape of a needle:
Furnished with aciculae.
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  1. Furnished with aciculae.
  2. Having marks like scratches made by a needle
  3. Marked with fine irregular streaks as if scratched by a needle.
Alternative form of aciculate.
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Pointed; tapering to a point
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  1. Pointed; tapering to a point
  2. Tapering gradually to a sharp point, as the tips of certain leaves.
Having a cusp.
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  1. Having a cusp.
  2. Having cusps
  3. Shaped like a cusp.
Ending in a point.
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  1. Ending in a point.
  2. 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.
Having a cusp or cusps
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  1. Having a cusp or cusps
  2. Having a short, abrupt point, as some leaves
  3. (Biology) Terminating in or tipped with a sharp firm point:
Alternative form of cuspidate.
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(Biology) Terminating in a mucro (an abruptly tapering point or a sharp spine) such as at the end of a leaf.
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  1. (Biology) Terminating in a mucro (an abruptly tapering point or a sharp spine) such as at the end of a leaf.
  2. Of or having a mucro; ending abruptly in a sharp point:
Characterized by the use of a pointed crown, as in Gothic architecture:
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  1. Characterized by the use of a pointed crown, as in Gothic architecture:
  2. Sharp; cutting:
  3. (Comparable) Sharp, barbed; not dull.
Having many points
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  1. Having many points
  2. Having an end tapering to a point.
  3. (Informal) pointed in shape, having a point or points
Abrupt or acute:
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  1. Abrupt or acute:
  2. Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
  3. Fierce or impetuous; violent:
Quickly proceeding to judgment and forceful in expression; decisive; forthright.
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  1. Quickly proceeding to judgment and forceful in expression; decisive; forthright.
  2. Cutting into
  3. Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting.
Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
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  1. Having a sharp edge or point; that can cut well
  2. Sharp; vivid; strong:
  3. Acutely sensitive:
Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
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  1. Keenly perceptive or understanding; acute:
  2. Able or seeming to penetrate:
  3. Sharp; piercing
Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
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  1. Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment.
  2. Having or showing keenness of perception, insight, understanding, or intuition
  3. Marked by discernment and understanding; sensitive.
Of something that investigates or explores deeply.
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Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others:
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  1. Aware of or careful about the attitudes, feelings, or circumstances of others:
  2. Fluctuating or tending to fluctuate, especially in price:
  3. Easily irritated:
Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
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  1. Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
  2. Fierce or impetuous; violent:
  3. Acutely sensitive in seeing, hearing, etc.
Forceful and clear; penetrating:
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  1. Forceful and clear; penetrating:
  2. (Figuratively) Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.
  3. (Archaic) Cutting; sharp
Of or relating to a climacteric.
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  1. Of or relating to a climacteric.
  2. Of or resembling a climacteric; crucial
  3. Critical; crucial.
Forming or having the nature of a turning point; crucial or decisive:
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  1. Forming or having the nature of a turning point; crucial or decisive:
  2. Extremely important or essential:
  3. (Physics) Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction:
Of supreme importance; decisive; critical
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  1. Of supreme importance; decisive; critical
  2. Extremely significant or important:
  3. Vital to the resolution of a crisis or the determination of an outcome:
Suffering or driven by great need or distress:
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  1. Suffering or driven by great need or distress:
  2. Offering so little chance, as for improvement, as to cause despair; extremely dangerous or serious
  3. Nearly hopeless; critical:
Calling for quick action; urgent
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  1. Calling for quick action; urgent
  2. Arousing terror or causing extreme distress; dreadful; terrible
  3. Warning of or having dreadful or terrible consequences; calamitous:
(Of pain or hunger) severe or intense
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(Especially of pain) Sharp, stabbing or piercing.
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  1. (Especially of pain) Sharp, stabbing or piercing.
  2. Characterized by a sensation of cutting, piercing, or stabbing.
Very loud; shrill:
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  1. Very loud; shrill:
  2. Keenly perceptive or intelligent:
  3. Trenchant; incisive:
Sudden and brilliant or dazzling:
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  1. Sudden and brilliant or dazzling:
  2. Strongly affecting the senses of smell and taste:
  3. Fierce or impetuous; violent:
Advanced in development or complexity:
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  1. Advanced in development or complexity:
  2. Having a pitch corresponding to a relatively large number of sound-wave cycles per second:
  3. (--- Informal) Excited or euphoric:
Showing intense feeling; agitated
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  1. Showing intense feeling; agitated
  2. Marked by or indicating intense emotion:
  3. High in pitch; shrill
Penetrating or sharp to the senses
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  1. Penetrating or sharp to the senses
  2. Trenchant; incisive:
  3. Causing pain, especially because of cold:
Having a high-pitched sound:
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  1. Having a high-pitched sound:
  2. Characterized by the music of the “peaceful” pipe rather than of the “warlike” drums, trumpets, etc.; hence, peaceful or tranquil
  3. Sounding high and shrill
Inclined to shriek, or characterised by shrieks.
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  1. Inclined to shriek, or characterised by shrieks.
Characterized or accompanied by shrill sounds
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  1. Characterized or accompanied by shrill sounds
  2. Producing a sharp, high-pitched tone or sound:
  3. Having or producing a high, thin, piercing tone; high-pitched
Threefold; triple
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  1. Threefold; triple
  2. High-pitched; shrill.
  3. (Music) Relating to or having the highest part, voice, or range.

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
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