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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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  • It is truculently contrary to God's law, and therefore, as is implied, worthy of God's counter-working.

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

    Peter and Jane S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan
  • “Oh, yes,” hemmed John Boland, truculently unmindful of the introduction.

    Little Lost Sister Virginia Brooks
  • Ultimately, truculently, first one and then another angrily agreed.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • "They better not call ME that," returned Penrod truculently.

    Penrod Booth Tarkington
  • "Donno exactly—get drunk, maybe," and he glanced at her truculently.

    Clark's Field Robert Herrick
  • "We'll settle that other little thing first," Ingerson broke in truculently.

    Pirates' Hope Francis Lynde
  • The question was repeated, it seemed to Leonard truculently: "What do you want?"

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

    The Rules of the Game Stewart Edward White
  • A Patrician and a Consul, so it was alleged, had truculently assaulted the Green party, and one man had lost his life in the fray.

    Theodoric the Goth Thomas Hodgkin
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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