Usage examples for astute

  1. That evening they discussed the matter with Judge Atkins without telling the details of the jollification, which doubtless he was astute enough to guess at. – Two Boys and a Fortune by Matthew White, Jr.
  2. " Maggie" in What Every Woman Knows showed herself extraordinarily astute when she packed off her husband, who was the victim of an intense physical attraction for another woman, into a lonely place in the country where he would have to spend all day and every day with the lady whom he held to be his heart's delight. – Men, Women, and God by A. Herbert Gray
  3. Meanwhile the astute Horatio kept a close eye upon his young friend Valentine. – Charlotte's Inheritance by M. E. Braddon
  4. He could not understand Dom Clemente at all, for it was very natural that it should not occur to him that he was an honest man, as well as an astute one who had been entrusted with a difficult task. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
  5. He could not endure the thought that the last knowledge of him that Laura carried away with her from Hillaton should be that he was again in jail, charged with trying to steal his board and lodging from a poor and ignorant foreigner; for he foresaw that the astute Shrumpf, his German landlord, would appear in the police court in the character of an injured innocent. – A Knight Of The Nineteenth Century by E. P. Roe
  6. Having formed this conclusion, and having also turned over in his mind the remarkable coincidence that the news of this discovery in Russia should follow so very rapidly upon the visit of the junior partner of the House of Girdlestone, the astute clergyman began to have some dim perception of the truth. – The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Edward and Algernon journeyed down to Fairly together, after the confidence which the astute young lawyer had been compelled to repose in his cousin. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. They broke in panic, and the astute and elderly Venus, followed by two of the young entry, bolted for the road. – Further Experiences of an Irish R.M. by E. OEnone Somerville Martin Ross
  9. The archbishop, hearing this sudden appeal to him, turned for a moment his wrinkled, astute face in the direction of the speaker, and, following his example for the moment, all the others turned their indifferent eyes upon Robert. – The Proud Prince by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  10. At length the facts became known, and the astute Attorney was glad to back out of the ridiculous scrape by an apologetic letter to the parties. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  11. He explained his circumstances to the Major, and that astute warrior listened to a long tale of mortgages threatened to be foreclosed, of the sale of old and valuable furniture, and of the disposal of family jewels. – The Mandarin's Fan by Fergus Hume
  12. The ruse would hardly have succeeded in the case of any ordinary piece of work, but the book itself was of too exceptional a quality to be passed over, and the firm to which it was first offered recognised this and accepted it without parley, astute enough to see its possibilities and to risk its chances of success. – Innocent Her Fancy and His Fact by Marie Corelli
  13. No doubt he saw at a flash that some great danger overhung him in this sudden coming of his old enemy, for he was as keen and as astute a politician as he was a famous warrior. – Men of Iron by Ernie Howard Pyle
  14. " I can give you no direction," replied the astute Frenchman. – Union and Democracy by Allen Johnson
  15. The remark of the first speaker instantly recalled an observation made several years ago by another very astute- even great- politician in the minor and narrow sense of that word. – The Young Man and the World by Albert J. Beveridge
  16. An astute world; right in the main, owing to perceptions based upon brute nature; utterly astray in particulars, for the reason that it takes no count of the soul of man or woman. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  17. He went on to express an astute mistrust of investments, owing to the bad faith of Man, and wound up:-" The money won't run away of itself, so long as you don't let it out of your porket." – When Ghost Meets Ghost by William Frend De Morgan