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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Definitions for trenchant

  1. Characterized by or full of force and vigor; as, "a trenchant analysis."
  2. Caustic; biting; severe; as, "trenchant criticism."
  3. Distinct; clear-cut; clearly or sharply defined.

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Citations for trenchant
Her insistence that women's rights should be upheld universally, notwithstanding concerns about cultural diversity, led some to criticise her for being too narrowly entrenched within western liberalism, while others celebrated her trenchant defence of egalitarianism. Judith Squires, The Guardian
His revolutionary music, abrasive personality and trenchant writings about art and life divided the city into warring factions. Jonathan Carr, Mahler: A Biography
Origin of trenchant
Trenchant comes from Old French, from the present participle of trenchier, "to cut." It is related to trench.