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