Obtuse – Word Of The Day For IELTS

WORD OF THE DAY - OBTUSE

Obtuse – Word Of The Day For IELTS Speaking And Writing

Obtuse: (Adjective) /əbˈtuːs/

Definition:

lacking quickness of sensibility or intellect

Synonyms: 

Dense, Dopey, Dull

Example:

For IELTS Speaking:.
“He is a renowned and honourable man, but with regard to this matter he is either being naive or obtuse.”
“But why? – said Charles, being deliberately obtuse.

For IELTS Writing:
“The oral shield is rhombic but often with an obtuse proximal angle and a convex distal edge.”

Exercise:

Choose the following words to fill in the blank: analogy, refine, obtuse, inherent, overlap, confined, distorted, temporary, mediate, ceased. 

  1. Czechs and Slovaks share a common national history that began after World War One, and _______________ with the creation of two separate republics in 1993.
  2. The water _______________ the size of the fish, so they looked enormous.
  3. The United Nations has been working to _______________ the peace talks between the countries involved in the conflict.
  4. The will to survive is _______________ in all living creatures.
  5. We need to hire some _______________ office help during this busy time.
  6. We can’t watch both the movie and the hockey game on television tonight because the two programs _______________.
  7. She shows a lot of promise as a violinist, but she needs to _______________ her technique somewhat.
  8. Political opponents warned that the prime minister’s ___________ approach to foreign policy would embroil the nation in mindless war.
  9. Economic activity in Mali is mainly _______________ to the area irrigated by the Niger River.
  10. There can be no _______________ to a nuclear war: it is totally beyond all human experience and comprehension.

Answer key:

  1. ceased
  2. distorted
  3. mediate
  4. inherent
  5. temporary.
  6. overlap.
  7. refine.
  8. obtuse.
  9. confined.
  10. analogy.

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