Synonyms of acute in English:

acute


See definition of acute

adjective

1‘Emily had an acute ear for instrumental sounds’

SYNONYMS
keen, sharp, good, penetrating, discerning, perceptive, sensitive, subtle
ANTONYMS

poor

2‘he has an exceptionally acute mind’

SYNONYMS
astute, shrewd, sharp, sharp-witted, razor-sharp, rapier-like, quick, quick-witted, agile, nimble, ingenious, clever, intelligent, bright, brilliant, smart, canny, intuitive, discerning, perceptive, perspicacious, penetrating, insightful, incisive, piercing, discriminating, sagacious, wise, judicious
informal on the ball, quick off the mark, quick on the uptake, brainy, streetwise, savvy
British informal suss
Scottish, Northern English informal pawky
North American informal heads-up, whip-smart
dated, informal long-headed
rare argute, sapient
ANTONYMS

slow-witted

3‘the acute food shortages of post-war England’

SYNONYMS
severe, critical, drastic, dire, dreadful, terrible, awful, grave, bad, serious, profound
urgent, pressing, desperate
all-important, vital, dangerous, hazardous, perilous, precarious
life-threatening, life-and-death
archaic parlous
rare egregious
ANTONYMS

negligible

4‘the meal gave us acute pains in our stomachs’

SYNONYMS
stabbing, shooting, penetrating, piercing, sharp, keen, racking, searing, burning, consuming
fierce, ferocious
intense, severe, extreme, excruciating, agonizing, grievous, hellish, torturous, tormenting, unbearable, insufferable, unendurable, more than one can bear, more than flesh and blood can stand
literary exquisite
ANTONYMS

dull, mild

5‘the patient had acute colitis’

SYNONYMS
severe, intense, short-lasting
peracute
informal short and sharp
ANTONYMS

chronic