- fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
- brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work.
- aggressively hostile; belligerent.
Origin of truculent
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Antonyms for truculent
Related Words for truculentabusive, aggressive, antagonistic, bad-tempered, barbarous, bellicose, brutal, bullying, caustic, combative, contentious, cross, defiant, ferocious, fierce, frightening, harsh, hostile, inhuman, intimidating
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Contemporary Examples of truculent
If so, that will represent a departure from the truculent spirit of Obama and his adversaries during his first term.President Obama’s Victory Speech: A Call to Arms
November 7, 2012
And it turns out those hard-charging characteristics are exactly what is needed to tangle with the truculent contenders.Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz: Female Moderators Rocked the Boat in Debates
October 24, 2012
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
I could have embraced that figure of grotesque and truculent devotion.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
The Illanun chiefs, for all their truculent aspect, were much too prudent to attempt to move.The Rescue
- defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
- archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
Word Origin for truculent
1540s, from Latin truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (genitive trucis) "fierce, wild."