truculent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj truculent defiantly aggressive "a truculent speech against the new government"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Truculent Cruel; destructive; ruthless. "More or less truculent plagues."
    • Truculent Fierce; savage; ferocious; barbarous; as, the truculent inhabitants of Scythia.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • truculent Fierce; savage; barbarous.
    • truculent Inspiring terror; ferocious.
    • truculent Cruel; destructive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Truculent truk′ū-lent (trōō′kū-lent, according to some), very fierce: barbarous: cruel: inspiring terror
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. truculentus, fr. trux, gen. trucis, wild, fierce: cf. F. truculent,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. truculentustrux, wild, fierce.

Usage

In literature:

She was handling the Commandant truculently to-night.
"Major Vigoureux" by A. T. Quiller-Couch
While Guise is transfigured, and Monsieur remains his truculent, vainglorious self, Montsurry has suffered a strange degeneration.
"Bussy D'Ambois and The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" by George Chapman
A more truculent commander would have no difficulty in inventing a pretext for taking off his head.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Or was I, after all my grind, to yield a place to the truculent Coxhead?
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
But from the beach below the barrier seemed of the last truculence and efficacy.
"Patsy" by S. R. Crockett
Pete announced their decision truculently, his chin thrust out.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
This was a square-built, bullet-headed man with an air that was both truculent and eager.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
He was a truculent, untamable rough, evidently inspired with gin.
"The Gypsies" by Charles G. Leland
At any rate, though he was still truculent, there were no more outbursts of rebellion.
"That Sweet Little Old Lady" by Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
That manner, of course, is not incompatible with a certain superficial boldness, nor even with an appearance of truculence.
"The American Credo" by George Jean Nathan
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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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