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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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  • Ultimately, truculently, first one and then another angrily agreed.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • It may be a fraud yet,' he said truculently, 'and it will require investigation.'

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • "They better not call ME that," returned Penrod truculently.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • He eyed Gash Tuttle truculently, as though daring him to be game.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • "We'll settle that other little thing first," Ingerson broke in truculently.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • "Donno exactly—get drunk, maybe," and he glanced at her truculently.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • "I thought you wouldn't sit in a game with me," he said, truculently.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • The question was repeated, it seemed to Leonard truculently: "What do you want?"

  • Then, truculently, to the Virginian, "I told you I was going to get a bottle here."

    The Virginian Owen Wister
  • "There's a lot more goin' to be said yet," stated Samuels, truculently.

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for truculently


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 truculently



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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