acumen

Definition: Quickness and accuracy of intellect and judgement

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The Writing and Selling of Fiction - By Paul Revere Reynolds
...Godofrebo autem Hermanno, qui inter eruditos facile est princeps, cujus acumen, judicium, et doctrinam omnes gentes suspiciunt et admirmitiir, et quem virtutibus egregiis prai--LRB- Htum maxime amant discipuli sui et amici, agendae quoque et habendae sunt gratiae, pro benevolentia erga Hos et multis variis-que otKuiis, praesertimque quod Disputationcm de Particula \* Av copiosam, subtilem, erudham uobis miserit, quam Indici praetixam Lector habet . "...
Jane Eyre - By Charlotte Bront
...Mr. Rochester had sometimes read my unspoken thoughts with an acumen to me incomprehensible : in the present instance he took no notice of my abrupt vocal response; but he smiled at me with a certain smile he had of his own, and which he used but on rare occasions ....
Dracula - By Bram Stoker, Philip M. Parker, Poul Glargaard
...For a man who was never in the country, and who did not evidently do much in the way of business, his knowledge and acumen were wonderful ....
The mill on the Floss - By George Eliot, Charles Henshaw Ward
...acumen, that he reckoned the missis had been showing her bonnet--that was what had made them so long upstairs ....
Adam Bede - By George Eliot, Laura Johnson Wylie
...The upply of proverbial wisdom--all of which according to George Eliot came from her own mint--is here practically inex-iaustible; though the humor of her later books may be more subtle, it can not surpass, perhaps not equal that of Adam Bede in raciness, substantiality and acumen ....
Tom Jones - By Henry Fielding
...But at length the announcement that the author 's health would no longer enable him to carry on the work--a work which had conduced so much to the entertainment of the public--was received with a feeling of general regret, little complimentary to the critical acumen of Richardson and his supporters ....
One of Ours - By Willa Cather
...Perhaps Wheeler was proud of his son 's business acumen ....
The Damnation of Theron Ware - By Harold Frederic
...And what he had said about women,--there was certainly a great deal of acumen and shrewd observation in that ....
The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray - By William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope
...Mat was a world-philosopher of no small genius, good nature, and acumen ....
The Prime Minister - By Anthony Trollope
...The little discovery had been due not to their acumen, and did not therefore bear with them the highest interest ....
The Return of Sherlock Holmes - By Arthur Conan Doyle
...With all respect for your natural acumen, I do not think that you are quite a match for the worthy doctor ....
The Mystery of the Yellow Room - By Gaston Leroux
...Knowing the young reporter as we do, we can understand with what acumen he had traced, step by step, the story of Mathilde Stangerson and Jean Roussel ....
History of Prose Fiction - By John Colin Dunlop, Henry Wilson
...Ant., illustrate the blind ruling of fortune, but explains the esteem of the king for his minister by the tatter 's acumen ....
The Grandissimes - By George Washington Cable, Albert Herter
...Fortified by the acumen and self-collected ambition of Listening Crane, confirmed in her regal title by the white man 's Manitou through the medium of the " black gown, " and inheriting her father 's fear-compelling frown, she ruled with majesty and wisdom, sometimes a decreer of...
South Sea Tales - By Jack London
...The skipper openly admired his guest 's; acumen, stiffened himself to make indignant, denial, then gracefully surrendered ....
The Jewel of Seven Stars - By Bram Stoker
...I nodded, and was about to add something in praise of his acumen, when there came a low tapping at the door ....
Ten Thousand a Year - By Samuel Warren
...He was in a manner, the victim of his own acumen nimium ....