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truculent

[truhk-yuh-luh nt, troo-kyuh-]
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adjective
  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

Synonyms

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1. See fierce.

Antonyms

1. amiable, gentle.
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Examples from the Web for truculency

Historical Examples

  • The Frenchman's truculency seemed to vanish under Brett's cutting words.

    The Albert Gate Mystery

    Louis Tracy

  • For them the old ethnocentric jealousy, vanity, truculency, and ambition are the strongest elements in patriotism.

    Folkways

    William Graham Sumner


British Dictionary definitions for truculency

truculent

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

Word Origin

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

truculent

adj.

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

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