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ob·tuse

(ob-tūs'),
1. Dull in intellect; of slow understanding.
2. Blunt; not acute.
[see obtund]

ob·tuse

(ob-tūs')
1. Dull in intellect; of slow understanding.
2. Blunt; not acute.
See: obtund

obtuse

(ŏb-tūs′) [L. obtusus]
1. Not pointed or acute; dull or blunt.
2. Of dull mentality.

obtuse

blunt.
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For Twain, the obtuseness of historian and audience augmented the story's worth, since it contributed to the "spectacle" he depicted in "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" (1894, 447; 1865, 248).
This obtuseness is apparent in the toothless UN Security Council resolution of May 2nd, which contains a cease-fire demand that has already been repeatedly violated by Khartoum; in the African Union roadmap, which (though backed by the Security Council) Khartoum accepts only "provisionally," claiming the roadmap is "full of shortcomings and outright bias in favor of the SPLM"; and in the vehement and geographically ill-informed condemnations of the Southern "invasion" of Heglig along the contested North/South border, a profoundly misguided effort to accommodate Khartoum's tendentious territorial claims (April 10 - 20).
TO critics, the announcement of the closure of Remploy factories "to get 8,000 more disabled people in work" seemed almost Orwellian in its obtuseness.
With characteristic obtuseness, Israel's leaders identified Iranian "fingerprints" on the day's events -- as though Palestinians lacked enough grievances of their own to initiate protests.
As a literary scholar with writer friends and as a teacher of fantasy and science fiction, I'm interested in whether corporate greed and governmental obtuseness can be bypassed in the new electronic publishing world.
Amos Gilad, under whose command these formulas were used, bears responsibility not only for the moral obtuseness they reflect, but also for the foolish attempt to lie to the court and conceal information both from it and from the public.
Such obscenity, obnoxiousness and obtuseness should not be dignified with a response.
The remark smacks of obscenity, obnoxiousness and obtuseness," Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said in New Delhi.
Perhaps the crisis in the humanities is not, then, merely a funding shortfall resulting from obtuseness and ambition among crass government bureaucrats and educational administrators; perhaps it began decades ago when scholars and teachers in the humanities forgot the purpose of their studies.
I have discovered the cause of the obtuseness of our bureaucracy: it is composed of people with a smattering of everything and knowledge of nothing.