[ truhk-yuh-luhnt, troo-kyuh- ]
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  1. aggressively hostile; belligerent.

  2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: Their truculent criticism of my latest work was not entirely fair.

  1. savagely brutal; barbarous; cruel.

Origin of truculent

First recorded in 1530–40; from Latin truculentus, equivalent to truc-, stem of trux “savage, pitiless” + -ulentus adjective suffix; see -ulent

synonym study For truculent

3. See fierce.

Opposites for truculent

Other words from truculent

  • truc·u·lence [truhk-yuh-luhns, troo-kyuh-], /ˈtrʌk yə ləns, ˈtru kyə-/, truc·u·len·cy, noun
  • truc·u·lent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby truculent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use truculent in a sentence

  • One of the Canadians who had been in the American Navy was unusually truculent.

  • Groups of truculent young Arabs followed us shouting objurgations, and accepting small coins as ransom.

    Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers

British Dictionary definitions for truculent


/ (ˈtrʌkjʊlənt) /

  1. defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous

  2. archaic savage, fierce, or harsh

Origin of truculent

C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce

Derived forms of truculent

  • truculence or truculency, noun
  • truculently, adverb

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