Retund Re*tund", v. t. [L. retundere, retusum; pref. re- re- + tundere to beat.] To blunt; to turn, as an edge; figuratively, to cause to be obtuse or dull; as, to retund confidence. --Ray. Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

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  • retund — rə̇ˈtənd transitive verb ( ed/ ing/ s) Etymology: Latin retundere, from re + tundere to beat more at stutter archaic : to beat or drive back : make impotent or ineffective : blunt, refute retund the edge of a sword …   Useful english dictionary

  • retund — re·tund …   English syllables

  • Retuse — Re*tuse , a. [L. retusus, p. p. : cf. F. r[ e]tus. See {Retund}.] (Bot. & Zo[ o]l.) Having the end rounded and slightly indented; as, a retuse leaf. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bate — Synonyms and related words: abate, ablate, abrade, abstract, alleviate, allow, attenuate, bar, be eaten away, blunt, charge off, close, consume, consume away, corrode, count out, crumble, curtail, cut, debar, decline, decrease, deduct, deliquesce …   Moby Thesaurus

  • blunt — Synonyms and related words: KO, abate, abrupt, affectless, aggressive, allay, alleviate, anesthetize, anesthetized, arctic, artless, assuage, attemper, attenuate, autistic, bank the fire, bate, bearish, beastly, bedaze, benumb, besot, bluff,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dull — Synonyms and related words: KO, Laodicean, Olympian, Quaker colored, Spartan, abate, abeyant, abrupt, achromatic, achromatize, achromic, acier, affectless, allay, alleviate, aloof, anemic, anesthetic, anesthetize, anesthetized, apathetic, appease …   Moby Thesaurus

  • repress — Synonyms and related words: arrest, asphyxiate, ban, bar, bate, beat down, black out, blunt, bottle up, break, browbeat, bulldoze, bully, castrate, censor, check, choke off, clamp down on, coerce, collect, compel, constrain, contain, control,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • take the edge off — Synonyms and related words: abate, allay, alleviate, appease, assuage, attemper, attenuate, bank the fire, bate, blunt, calm, chasten, conciliate, constrain, control, cool, cramp, cripple, damp, dampen, de emphasize, deaden, debilitate, defuse,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • turn — Synonyms and related words: Charybdis, Platonic form, Platonic idea, S curve, a thing for, aberrancy, aberration, about ship, about face, access, acciaccatura, accommodation, accomplished fact, accomplishment, achievement, act, act of grace, act… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • weaken — Synonyms and related words: abate, afflict, aggravate, allay, alleviate, assuage, attemper, attenuate, bank the fire, bate, beat, blunt, break, bugger, burn out, cave in, chasten, collapse, come apart, come unstuck, conk out, constrain, control,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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