Definition of Keenness

1. Noun. A quick and penetrating intelligence. "I admired the keenness of his mind"

Exact synonyms: Acuity, Acuteness, Sharpness
Generic synonyms: Intelligence
Specialized synonyms: Steel Trap
Derivative terms: Acute, Keen, Sharp, Sharp

2. Noun. A positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something.
Exact synonyms: Avidity, Avidness, Eagerness
Generic synonyms: Enthusiasm
Specialized synonyms: Ardor, Ardour, Elan, Zeal
Derivative terms: Avid, Avid, Eager

3. Noun. Thinness of edge or fineness of point.
Exact synonyms: Sharpness
Specialized synonyms: Acuteness
Generic synonyms: Configuration, Conformation, Contour, Form, Shape
Attributes: Sharp
Derivative terms: Sharp, Sharp, Sharp
Antonyms: Dullness

Definition of Keenness

1. n. The quality or state of being keen.

Definition of Keenness

1. Noun. sharpness or cutting ability ¹

2. Noun. astuteness or sagacity ¹

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Definition of Keenness

1. sharpness [n -ES] - See also: sharpness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Keenness

keelyvine pen
keen as mustard
keen on
keenness (current term)
keep a close watch on
keep a cool head
keep a lid on
keep a lookout
keep a weather eye open
keep abreast
keep an eye on
keep an eye open
keep an eye out
keep an eye peeled

Literary usage of Keenness

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1. Letters and Correspondence of John Henry Newman During His Life in the by John Henry Newman (1891)
"During the long days of his ineffectual efforts in th< schools he suffered severely; and again, with especial keenness immediately on his having to give ..."

2. Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern by Charles Dudley Warner, Hamilton Wright Mabie, Lucia Isabella Gilbert Runkle, George H Warner (1902)
"... his keenness of analysis, his wide learning, and his clearness of vision, make his work, so far as it is completed, an ideal history of poetry. ..."

3. The Table Talk and Omniana of Samuel Taylor Coleridge: With Additional Table by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1888)
"keenness and Subtlety. FEW men of genius are keen; but almost every man of genius is subtle ... If yon ask me the difference between keenness and subtlety, ..."

4. Godey's Magazine by Louis Antoine Godey, Sarah Josepha Buell Hale (1896)
"The active St. Louis, St. Paul, San Francisco, and supply of the increasing demand must smaller cities, men of much keenness eventually develop a school of ..."

5. Representative English Dramas from Dryden to Sheridan by Frederick Tupper, James Waddell Tupper (1914)
"It is in her intellectual keenness and her abounding vivacity that he showed his consummate skill and in these qualities he placed her not below the clever ..."

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