Definition of acumen
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LNS
acūmen, acūminis
acuo
noun (n., 3rd declension)
  1. a point
  2. cacumen
  3. the sting of an animal
  4. a military omen of victory, when the spears stuck in the ground suddenly begin to burn or shine at the points
  5. sharpness or pungency
  6. Acuteness, shrewdness, keenness, acumen
Abbreviations
acūmen, inis, n. acuo, a point to prick or sting with; diff. fr. cacumen, which designates merely the summit or extremity of a thing, Doed. Syn. 2, 108. Lit.: tum clupei resonunt et ferri stridit acumen, Enn. ap. Prisc. p. 838 P. (Ann. v. 369 ed. Vahl.): coni, Lucr. 4, 431: nasi, id. 6, 1193 (i.e. the pointed contraction of the nose before death; cf. Bentl. ad Hor. S. 1, 3, 29): stili, Cic. de Or. 1, 33: ferrum Diana volanti abstulerat jaculo: lignum sine acumine venit, Ov. M. 8, 353; 3, 84.

—Hence, also, the sting of an animal: scorpii, Cic. Arat. 685:

—auspicium ex acuminibus, a military omen of victory, when the spears stuck in the ground suddenly begin to burn or shine at the points, Cic. Div. 2, 36, 77, and id. N. D. 2, 3; cf. Liv. 22, 1; 43, 13.

—In Plin., of the taste: sharpness or pungency, 14, 20, 25.

— Fig., of the mind, like acies. Acuteness, shrewdness, keenness, acumen: sermonis leporem, ingeniorum acumen, dicendi copiam, Cic. Fl. 4; so Nep. Alc. 11; Plin. 2, 27, 27, ยง 97.

—Also without a gen.: ubi est acumen tuum? Cic. Tusc. 1, 6; so Lucr. ap. Cic. Fam. 5, 14, 2: Empedocles an Stertinium deliret acumen, Hor. Ep. 1, 12, 20.

—Poet. also in plur.: serus Graecis admovit acumina chartis, Hor. Ep. 2, 1, 161.

— Cunning, subtlety: argutiae et acumen Hyperidis, Cic. Or. 31; so id. de Or. 2, 63.

—Also in plur.: dialectici ipsi se compungunt suis acuminibus, id. de Or. 2, 38: meretricis acumina, Hor. Ep. 1, 17, 55.

—Hence,
 
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