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obtuse

1. Maths
a. (of an angle) lying between 90? and 180?
b. (of a triangle) having one interior angle greater than 90?
2. (of a leaf or similar flat part) having a rounded or blunt tip

obtuse

[äb′tüs]
(botany)
Of a leaf, having a blunt or rounded free end.
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Does not even his obtuseness perceive that this amiable and touching desire to carry out the wishes of the constituent body, must for ever endear him to the hearts and souls of such of his fellow townsmen as are not worse than swine; or, in other words, who are not as debased as our contemporary himself?
Even from women who consider themselves above celebrity gawking, this display of male obtuseness prompted a flood of rebuttals, featuring laundry lists of Diana's good deeds: her work with AIDS patients and sick children, her campaign against land mines, her willingness to reach out to those in pain or in need.
We pride ourselves on our wisdom, and yet permit our obtuseness to flourish without the least hint of shame.
I cannot say this was intentionally done to advance the Communist agenda; rather, it seems a consequence of Davison's obtuseness.
In that remarkable essay, Heron chides his London colleagues for their obtuseness, refers to Clement Greenberg's "brilliant Partisan Review articles," and exhibits a profound formal astuteness and an unusual ability to rethink his premises.
Our school board members continue to behave like the reigning champs of ignorance and obtuseness.
Other characters are presented in new light: Eleanor's childhood "behavior was calculated to win sympathy, yet there was something in Eleanor--a combination of smugness, vulnerability, obtuseness, not to speak of an ability to absorb emotional pain--that made an individual like Alice [Roosevelt Longworth] want to punish her.
Professor McCloskey, like the prisoner, must find their obtuseness very puzzling.
What is exposed in Coplans' essay on the museum's financial collapse and subsequent takeover by Simon is not just the usual obtuseness and arrogance, but an attitude to the art that has been captured and detained inside the museum walls.
The interior obtuseness of ``Zippy'' swaps with the suburban excess of ``Foxtrot.
Shawcross's obtuseness on such points is clearly the result of his distance from the material.
It would take obtuseness on an heroic scale not to notice that Colombia is in crisis, even without the knowledge that four-tenths of its land surface is now in the hands of insurgents (who have been fighting for half a century), and that it is unsafe to travel by land from any Colombian city to another.