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trenchant

[tren-chuh nt] /ˈtrɛn tʃənt/
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
1275-1325; Middle English tranchaunt < Anglo-French; Old French trenchant, present participle of trenchier to cut. See trench, -ant
Related forms
trenchancy, noun
trenchantly, adverb
Synonyms
1. sharp, biting, acute.
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British Dictionary definitions for trenchantly

trenchant

/ˈtrɛntʃənt/
adjective
1.
keen or incisive: trenchant criticism
2.
vigorous and effective: a trenchant foreign policy
3.
distinctly defined: a trenchant outline
4.
(archaic or poetic) sharp: a trenchant sword
Derived Forms
trenchancy, noun
trenchantly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French trenchant cutting, from trenchier to cut; see trench
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Word Origin and History for trenchantly

trenchant

adj.

early 14c., "cutting, sharp," from Old French trenchant "cutting, sharp," present participle of trenchier "to cut" (see trench). Figurative sense is recorded from c.1600.

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