[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 truculently

Historical Examples of truculently

  • Ultimately, truculently, first one and then another angrily agreed.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • It may be a fraud yet,' he said truculently, 'and it will require investigation.'

    Peter and Jane

    S. (Sarah) Macnaughtan

  • "They better not call ME that," returned Penrod truculently.


    Booth Tarkington

  • He eyed Gash Tuttle truculently, as though daring him to be game.

    Local Color

    Irvin S. Cobb

  • "We'll settle that other little thing first," Ingerson broke in truculently.

    Pirates' Hope

    Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for truculently



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 truculently



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper