[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 truculent
If so, that will represent a departure from the truculent spirit of Obama and his adversaries during his first term.President Obama’s Victory Speech: A Call to Arms
November 7, 2012
And it turns out those hard-charging characteristics are exactly what is needed to tangle with the truculent contenders.Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz: Female Moderators Rocked the Boat in Debates
October 24, 2012
It was with an ugly and truculent manner, if more warily, that the man closed in.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
But outnumbering them by far were faces set in truculent mold.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
George, who was big and lank, and truculent in appearance, nodded.The Greater Power
I could have embraced that figure of grotesque and truculent devotion.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The Illanun chiefs, for all their truculent aspect, were much too prudent to attempt to move.The Rescue
- 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 truculent
1540s, from Latin truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (genitive trucis) "fierce, wild."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper