trenchancy

trenchant

[tren-chuhnt]
adjective
1.
incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit.
2.
vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform.
3.
clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English tranchaunt < Anglo-French; Old French trenchant, present participle of trenchier to cut. See trench, -ant

trenchancy, noun
trenchantly, adverb


1. sharp, biting, acute.
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trenchant (ˈtrɛntʃənt)
 
adj
1.  keen or incisive: trenchant criticism
2.  vigorous and effective: a trenchant foreign policy
3.  distinctly defined: a trenchant outline
4.  archaic, poetic or sharp: a trenchant sword
 
[C14: from Old French trenchant cutting, from trenchier to cut; see trench]
 
'trenchancy
 
n
 
'trenchantly
 
adv

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trenchant
early 14c., "cutting, sharp," from O.Fr. trenchant "cutting, sharp," prp. of trenchier "to cut" (see trench). Figurative sense is recorded from c.1600.
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