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[truhk-yuh-luh nt, troo-kyuh-] /ˈtrʌk yə lənt, ˈtru kyə-/
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
Related forms
truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb
1. See fierce.
1. amiable, gentle. Unabridged
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  • The whole aspect of the creature is truculent, and it has numbers of red and blue wattles longitudinally disposed along the neck.

    William Harvey D'Arcy Powers
  • But outnumbering them by far were faces set in truculent mold.

    The Martian Cabal Roman Frederick Starzl
  • It was with an ugly and truculent manner, if more warily, that the man closed in.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • George, who was big and lank, and truculent in appearance, nodded.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
  • “It is the best I have,” said MacLeod looking at his truculent guest with new anxiety.

  • The Illanun chiefs, for all their truculent aspect, were much too prudent to attempt to move.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • They stand as types of barbarous and truculent foes—as we might say, Samoyeds and Patagonians.

  • Or was I, after all my grind, to yield a place to the truculent Coxhead?

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
British Dictionary definitions for truculent


defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
(archaic) savage, fierce, or harsh
Derived Forms
truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin truculentus, from trux fierce
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Word Origin and History for truculent

1540s, from Latin truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (genitive trucis) "fierce, wild."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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