- 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
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1. See fierce.
Antonyms for truculent
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Related Words for truculencymalice, resentment, estrangement, disaffection, aggression, pugnacity, spite, malevolence, venom, antipathy, war, hostility, detestation, belligerency, virulence, animus, opposition, animosity, rancor, grudge
Examples from the Web for truculency
Historical Examples of truculency
- defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
- archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
Word Origin for truculent
C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce
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1540s, from Latin truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (genitive trucis) "fierce, wild."
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