truculence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n truculence obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Truculence The quality or state of being truculent; savageness of manners; ferociousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n truculence The state or character of being truculent; savageness of manners and appearance; ferociousness; ferocity.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. truculentia,

Usage

In literature:

He is a pitiful, truculent, groveling coward, ready to buy profit at any price.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Strong as this truculent leader was in men and money, the Khedive Ismail did not believe that he would dare to resist his power.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume I" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
The earth was inhabited by a race of brutal and truculent savages.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
Hill lost a little of his truculency.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They were all afraid of the truculent boy!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
A force of militia was sent to Wyoming, commanded by a truculent creature named Patterson.
"The Critical Period of American History" by John Fiske
Even the savage and truculent Wangoni seemed for the moment overawed.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Doubtless he was a bully and a tyrant, that roaring-voiced, truculent man.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
They are those of Red-Hand the truculent chieftain of the Arapahoes.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
She caught Ward's truculent eye, smiled, and shook her head at him.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
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In poetry:

Into your Soul may truculent Daemons pass
All hugger-mugger in that dun Morass,
But while the Rouge is mantling to your Cheek,
Nothing will chide you in your Looking-Glass.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Such was the stuff of the Malakoff-takers,
Such were the soldiers that scaled the Redan;
Truculent housemaids and bloodthirsty Quakers,
Brave not the wrath of the sweet little man!
"The Sweet Little Man" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The other day I chanced to meet
An angry man upon the street —
A man of wrath, a man of war,
A man who truculently bore
Over his shoulder, like a lance,
A banner labeled “Tolerance.”
"The Angry Man" by Phyllis McGinley
Never a word he spoke; divesting himself of his garments,
Danced the war-dance of the playful yet truculent Modoc,
Uttered a single whoop, and then, in the accents of challenge,
Spake: "Oh, behold in me a Crested Jay Hawk of the mountain."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte
Or when that vast and uncomputed horde
Swept westward from the steppes of Tartary
With stern Atilla riding at its head,
Leaving in ruthless Mongol truculence,
Awake, both red and blackened by the torch;
The scourge, perhaps of God, perhaps of Hell!
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Maple Leafs promote truculence , recall Jay Rosehill from Marlies.
Capital Politics Troxler's truculence : Maybe he could sell his big grocery cart.
James Frey — the truculent tough guy who used to compare himself to Hemingway — now sat like a boy in detention, gloomily taking his licks from the nation's headmistress until he seemed to whimper.
Maple Leafs promote truculence, recall Jay Rosehill from Marlies.
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