truculent

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

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
SYNONYMS FOR truculent
1 See fierce.
ANTONYMS FOR truculent
Related formstruc·u·lence, truc·u·len·cy, nountruc·u·lent·ly, adverb
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truculent

/ (ˈtrʌkjʊlənt) /

adjective

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

truculent


adj.

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

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