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[truhk-yuh-luh nt, troo-kyuh-] /ˈtrʌk yə lənt, ˈtru kyə-/
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing:
his truculent criticism of her work.
aggressively hostile; belligerent.
Origin of truculent
1530-40; < Latin truculentus, equivalent to truc-, stem of trux savage, pitiless + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb
1. See fierce.
1. amiable, gentle. Unabridged
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  • At the same time there was not a suspicion of truculence or even repulse in his carriage.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • You are not to be improved by the piety of his expression, nor disgusted by its truculence.

    Lectures on Landscape John Ruskin
  • But away from their control some deeds of truculence occurred.

  • It would be fatal at this point to show weakness or truculence.

    The Comings of Cousin Ann Emma Speed Sampson
  • Stonor shook hands with him, affecting not to notice the signs of truculence.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
  • Before it, the assumption of truculence on Spofford's features faded.

    Find the Woman

    Arthur Somers Roche
  • I do pray you to pardon the truculence of that carnivorous comparison.

    Barren Honour: A Novel George A. Lawrence
  • I had a printed document from them, which was severe to the point of truculence.

  • Friends will be those who can be cowed into truculence or bought.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
British Dictionary definitions for truculence


defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
(archaic) savage, fierce, or harsh
Derived Forms
truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce
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Word Origin and History for truculence



1540s, from Latin truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (genitive trucis) "fierce, wild."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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