Until long habit has blunted
the sensibility, there is something disconcerting to the writer in the instinct which causes him to take an interest in the singularities of human nature so absorbing that his moral sense is powerless against it.
Then everyone saw that it was a blunted
gray goose shaft, with a fine scroll, about the thickness of a goose quill, tied near to its head.
The German airship was fish-shaped, with a blunted
head; the Asiatic airship was also fish-shaped, but not so much on the lines of a cod or goby as of a ray or sole.
Although she had blunted
her taste upon some form of philanthropy for twenty-five years, she had a fine natural instinct for an upstart or a pretender, and knew to a hairbreadth what literature should be and what it should not be.
Farebrother, her sharpness blunted
for the moment by her confidence in maternal judgments.
For a long time he spoiled my taste for any other criticism; he made it seem pale, and poor, and weak; and he blunted
my sense to subtler excellences than I found in him.
My life within Pellucidar has rather quickened my senses of sight, hearing, and smell, and, too, certain primitive intuitive or instinctive qualities that seem blunted
in civilized man.
At least he would range alone through the jungle for a time, until the sharp edge of his sorrow had become blunted