trenchant

[ tren-chuhnt ]
/ ˈtrɛn tʃənt /

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. trench knife,
  2. trench mortar,
  3. trench mouth,
  4. trench warfare,
  5. trench, richard chenevix,
  6. trenchantly,
  7. trenchard,
  8. trencher,
  9. trencherman,
  10. trenches

Origin of trenchant

1275–1325; Middle English tranchaunt < Anglo-French; Old French trenchant, present participle of trenchier to cut. See trench, -ant

Related formstrench·an·cy, nountrench·ant·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for trenchant

trenchant

/ (ˈtrɛntʃənt) /

adjective

keen or incisivetrenchant criticism
vigorous and effectivea trenchant foreign policy
distinctly defineda trenchant outline
archaic, or poetic sharpa trenchant sword
Derived Formstrenchancy, nountrenchantly, adverb

Word Origin for trenchant

C14: from Old French trenchant cutting, from trenchier to cut; see trench

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Word Origin and History for trenchant

trenchant

adj.

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.

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