[truhk-yuh-luh nt, 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
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1. See fierce.
1. amiable, gentle.
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Examples from the Web for truculently
Ultimately, truculently, first one and then another angrily agreed.Pariah Planet
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.Penrod
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
- defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
- archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce
Word Origin and History for truculently
1540s, from Latin truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (genitive trucis) "fierce, wild."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper