truculent

[ truhk-yuh-luhnt, troo-kyuh- ]
/ ˈtrʌk yə lənt, ˈtru kyə- /

adjective

fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: Their truculent criticism of my latest work was not entirely fair.
aggressively hostile; belligerent.

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Origin of truculent

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

ANTONYMS FOR truculent

synonym study for truculent

1. See fierce.

OTHER WORDS FROM truculent

truc·u·lence, truc·u·len·cy, nountruc·u·lent·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for truculent

truculent
/ (ˈtrʌkjʊlənt) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of truculent

truculence or truculency, nountruculently, adverb

Word Origin for truculent

C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce
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