[truhk-yuh-luh nt, troo-kyuh-]
- 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
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1. See fierce.
1. amiable, gentle.
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Examples from the Web for truculence
There was a hint of truculence when challenged to be specific on policy.Things to Stop Bitching About in 2010
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At the same time there was not a suspicion of truculence or even repulse in his carriage.Weighed and Wanting
You are not to be improved by the piety of his expression, nor disgusted by its truculence.Lectures on Landscape
But away from their control some deeds of truculence occurred.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
It would be fatal at this point to show weakness or truculence.The Comings of Cousin Ann
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Stonor shook hands with him, affecting not to notice the signs of truculence.The Woman from Outside
- defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
- archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
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