1 defiantly aggressive; "as truculent as a small boy who thinks his big brother can lick anybody"
2 aggressively hostile; "a truculent speech against the new government"
EtymologyFirst attested circa 1540, from truculentus, "fierce, savage," from trucis, genitive of trux, "fierce, wild."
- , /ˈtrʌkjʊlənt/
- 1847 — Charlotte
Brontë, Jane Eyre, ch
- In her turn, Helen Burns asked me to explain, and I proceeded forthwith to pour out, in my own way, the tale of my sufferings and resentments. Bitter and truculent when excited, I spoke as I felt, without reserve or softening.
- 1860-1861 — Charles
Expectations, ch XLVI
- She really was a most charming girl, and might have passed for a captive fairy, whom that truculent Ogre, Old Barley, had pressed into his service.
- 1895 — H. G.
Wheels of Chance, ch 10
- Most of them were little dramatic situations, crucial dialogues, the return of Mr. Hoopdriver to his native village, for instance, in a well-cut holiday suit and natty gloves, the unheard asides of the rival neighbours, the delight of the old 'mater,' the intelligence—"A ten-pound rise all at once from Antrobus, mater. Whad d'yer think of that?" or again, the first whispering of love, dainty and witty and tender, to the girl he served a few days ago with sateen, or a gallant rescue of generalised beauty in distress from truculent insult or ravening dog.
- 1914 — Edgar
Rice Burroughs, The
Beasts of Tarzan, ch 10
- If he came too close to a she with a young baby, the former would bare her great fighting fangs and growl ominously, and occasionally a truculent young bull would snarl a warning if Tarzan approached while the former was eating.
- 1922 — Rafael
Captain Blood: His Odyssy, ch XVI
- Cahusac appeared to be having it all his own way, and he raised his harsh, querulous voice so that all might hear his truculent denunciation.
deadly or destructive
- Spanish: truculento
defiant or uncompromising
- Russian: вызывающий
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