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[truhk-yuh-luhnt, troo-kyuh-]
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  1. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
  2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work.
  3. aggressively hostile; belligerent.
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Origin of truculent

1530–40; < Latin truculentus, equivalent to truc-, stem of trux savage, pitiless + -ulentus -ulent
Related formstruc·u·lence, truc·u·len·cy, nountruc·u·lent·ly, adverb

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1. See fierce.

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  1. defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
  2. archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
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Derived Formstruculence or truculency, nountruculently, adverb

Word Origin for truculent

C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce
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Word Origin and History for truculence



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

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