[truhk-yuh-luhnt, troo-kyuh-]


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
Related formstruc·u·lence, truc·u·len·cy, nountruc·u·lent·ly, adverb

Synonyms for truculent

1. See fierce.

Antonyms for truculent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for truculent

Contemporary Examples of truculent

Historical Examples of truculent

  • It was with an ugly and truculent manner, if more warily, that the man closed in.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • But outnumbering them by far were faces set in truculent mold.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • George, who was big and lank, and truculent in appearance, nodded.

    The Greater Power

    Harold Bindloss

  • I could have embraced that figure of grotesque and truculent devotion.


    Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

  • The Illanun chiefs, for all their truculent aspect, were much too prudent to attempt to move.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for truculent



defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
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 truculent

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper