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blunt (1 historically the earliest; ‘dull-edged,’ of a tool, is later; this occurs in S., as well as the meaning ‘abrupt, unceremonious’)
1. of dull perception, dull-witted Gent. II. vi. 41, 2H4 Ind. 18 “the blunt monster with uncounted heads” (=‘the many-headed multitude’).
2. rude, unpolished, 3H6 IV. viii. 2 “blunt Hollanders,” Lucr. 1300; (hence) rough, harsh, unfeeling 3H6 V. i. 86 “so blunt, unnatural,” R3 I. iii. 104, Ven. 884 “the blunt boar, rough bear, or lion proud.”
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