truculent

[truhk-yuh-luhnt, troo-kyuh-]
adjective
1.
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
2.
brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work.
3.
aggressively hostile; belligerent.

Origin:
1530–40; < Latin truculentus, equivalent to truc-, stem of trux savage, pitiless + -ulentus -ulent

truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb


1. See fierce.


1. amiable, gentle.
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truculent (ˈtrʌkjʊlənt)
 
adj
1.  defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
2.  archaic savage, fierce, or harsh
 
[C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce]
 
'truculence
 
n
 
'truculency
 
n
 
'truculently
 
adv

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truculent
c.1540, from L. truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (gen. trucis) "fierce, wild."
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Example sentences
Pasha the camel had at first been truculent and unruly.
If monetary policy seems indifferent to the economy, then fiscal policy is downright truculent.
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