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truculent

[truhk-yuh-luh nt, troo-kyuh-] /ˈtrʌk yə lənt, ˈtru kyə-/
adjective
1.
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
2.
brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing:
his truculent criticism of her work.
3.
aggressively hostile; belligerent.
Origin of truculent
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin truculentus, equivalent to truc-, stem of trux savage, pitiless + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb
Synonyms
1. See fierce.
Antonyms
1. amiable, gentle.
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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.

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  • Stonor shook hands with him, affecting not to notice the signs of truculence.

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  • Before it, the assumption of truculence on Spofford's features faded.

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  • 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for truculence

truculent

/ˈtrʌkjʊlənt/
adjective
1.
defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
2.
(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

truculent

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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