- 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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Examples from the Web for trenchant
Much looking forward to going on with what is apparently also a trenchant and enlightening book.Book Bag: What Nick Harkaway Is Reading
November 6, 2012
Typically, the Internet exploded with trenchant commentary about the leather jacket Palin wore.McCain-Palin: The Sequel
March 28, 2010
Moss came to admire Wasserstein and his trenchant deconstruction of his fellow power brokers.Life After Wasserstein
Ralph Gardner, Jr.
December 14, 2009
From the Reagan ascension until recently, the most trenchant description of the prevailing vision was “Starve the Beast.”Here Comes Obamanomics
February 26, 2009
He first hit a nerve in 1996 with his trenchant bestseller The Death of Common Sense.Are Lawyers Killing America?
The Daily Beast
February 17, 2009
It was exhaustive and trenchant, and produced a great effect.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I only saw him once, but the gleam in his eyes was as harsh and trenchant as that of a knife.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
Then followed the trenchant lesson: "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
But in the hands of Princess Heinrich silence was a trenchant weapon.The King's Mirror
Catenac was in no way disconcerted at this trenchant argument.Caught In The Net
- keen or incisivetrenchant criticism
- vigorous and effectivea trenchant foreign policy
- distinctly defineda trenchant outline
- archaic, or poetic sharpa trenchant sword
Word Origin and History 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.