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truculent

[truhk-yuh-luh nt, troo-kyuh-] /ˈtrʌk yə lənt, ˈtru kyə-/
adjective
1.
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
2.
brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing:
his truculent criticism of her work.
3.
aggressively hostile; belligerent.
Origin of truculent
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin truculentus, equivalent to truc-, stem of trux savage, pitiless + -ulentus -ulent
Related forms
truculence, truculency, noun
truculently, adverb
Synonyms
1. See fierce.
Antonyms
1. amiable, gentle.
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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

truculent

/ˈtrʌkjʊlənt/
adjective
1.
defiantly aggressive, sullen, or obstreperous
2.
(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
adj.

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

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