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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
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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  • Pasha the camel had at first been truculent and unruly.
  • If monetary policy seems indifferent to the economy, then fiscal policy is downright truculent.
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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