- incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.
- vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform.
- clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct.
Origin of trenchant
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Related Words for trenchancycriticism, ridicule, acidity, aspersion, sharpness, rancor, acridity, cynicism, put-down, mordacity, wisecrack, contempt, cut, acrimony, irony, scoffing, satire, derision, invective, acerbity
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Historical Examples of trenchancy
But the ardour of the disciple pressed objections home with a trenchancy that is very unlike the sage distillations of the master.
The trenchancy with which his atheist urges his reasoning, proves that the writer was fully alive to its force.
Still, trenchancy whether in speaker or writer is a most effective tone for a large public.Critical Miscellanies, Volume I (of 3)
- keen or incisivetrenchant criticism
- vigorous and effectivea trenchant foreign policy
- distinctly defineda trenchant outline
- archaic, or poetic sharpa trenchant sword
Word Origin for trenchant
early 14c., "cutting, sharp," from Old French trenchant "cutting, sharp," present participle of trenchier "to cut" (see trench). Figurative sense is recorded from c.1600.