Keen Adjective Synonyms
painful, bitter, acute, poignant, fierce, grievous, severe, distressing, distressful, strong, deep, profound, intense, extreme, heartfelt
She felt keen resentment at the way she had been treated.
enthusiastic, avid, zealous, devoted, ardent, fervent, fervid, earnest, impassioned, passionate, intense, active, agog, eager, itching, anxious
They are keen fans of TV soap operas. I was keen to go swimming.
weep, wail, moan, lament, mourn, grieve, bewail, bemoan
Finnegan's widow still keens over him.
vivid, detailed, specific, unmistaken, unmistakable or unmistakeable, distinct
He has a keen recollection of seeing the suspect on the bus.
dirge, elegy, knell, lament, lamentation, Requiem, monody, threnody, thanatopsis, epicedium , Irish coronach
The keens could be heard throughout the neighborhood.
intelligent, sharp, acute, perceptive, perspicacious, percipient, sensitive, discerning, astute, smart, bright, discriminating, discriminative, quick(-witted), shrewd, clever, canny, cunning, crafty, wise
Philip has a keen understanding of what is required of him.
sharp, acute, sensitive, penetrating, discriminating, fine
The bloodhound has an extremely keen sense of smell.
Keen Noun Synonyms
sharp, sharpened, razor-sharp, razor-like, knife-edged, trenchant, incisive, cutting, rapier-like, pointed, mordant, acid, vitriolic, acerbic, astringent, biting, acrid, acrimonious, stinging, scorching, caustic, searing, withering, virulent, pungent,
This axe is very keen, so be careful. With his keen wit, the playwright answered his severest critics. His play is a keen satire on the government.
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