[ UK /kˈiːnnəs/ ]
  1. thinness of edge or fineness of point
  2. a quick and penetrating intelligence
    he argued with great acuteness
    I admired the keenness of his mind
  3. a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
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How To Use keenness In A Sentence

  • 'Oh, atrocious!' it shrieks, in agony, and in anger too, as if the very keenness of the infliction were a proof of its injustice. The Destiny of the Soul A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life
  • His speech fired the people with keenness for the plan.
  • His speech fired the people with keenness for the plan.
  • Ordinarily, his interest as an inventor wanes in proportion to the approach to mere commercialism -- in other words, the keenness of his pleasure is in overcoming difficulties rather than the mere piling up of a bank account. Edison, His Life and Inventions, vol. 2
  • “The river-nymphs, as daughters of Oceanus, and thus of immortal parentage, are bound to possess organs of more than mortal keenness; but, as you say, the song was not so bad — erudite, as well as prettily conceived — and, saving for a certain rustical simplicity and monosyllabic baldness, smacks rather of the forests of Castaly than those of Torridge.” Westward Ho!
  • He epitomised the keenness and competitive spirit of the Great Race as well as that of the racing community as a brotherhood.
  • A few weeks'hard work should damp dawn his keenness.
  • The keenness of his hunger had departed.
  • His headache had departed; his every sense seemed to have gained keenness.
  • Fishers" expresses the ease of their victory over the Jews as that of the angler over fishes; "hunters," the keenness of their pursuit of them into every cave and nook. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
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