Ke'enness. n.s. [from keen.]
- Sharpness; edge.
No, not the hangman's ax bears half the keenness
Of thy sharp envy. Shakesp. Merchant of Venice.
- Rigor of weather; piercing of cold.
- Asperity; bitterness of mind.
That they might keep up the keenness against the court, till the coming together of both houses, his lordship furnished them with informations, which might be wrested to the king's disadvantage. Clarendon.
The sting of every reproachful speech is the truth of it; and to be conscious is that which gives an edge, and keenness to the invective. South's Sermons.
- Eagerness; vehemence.