Adjective "truculent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.
  1. 'So how did this truculent loner become one of our best loved national mascots?'
  2. 'Admittedly it was mid-afternoon when I saw the film at the town's cinema: an evening audience might perhaps have been a touch more truculent.'
  3. 'The familiar avuncular figure in a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches does not seem the obvious choice to distribute condoms to truculent teenagers.'
  4. 'Read a selection of past interviews and you're left with a picture of a truculent, grumpy old curmudgeon.'
  5. 'Danny is a truculent teenager, expressing unhappiness through behaviour that perplexes his parents and leads to eventual expulsion from school.'
  6. 'Her tone in doing so was truculent, self-satisfied and arrogant.'
  7. 'His truculent - if abruptly curtailed - brilliance in the role is a fitting memorial to his often underrated talent.'
  8. 'He was an actor who dared to tread the boards at the York Theatre Royal in the 18th century, when it was known to host one of the most raucous and truculent audiences around.'
  9. 'In fact, in contemporary society the transition from pleasant child to dramatically truculent teenager, with an ego like a hedgehog that raises its spikes at the slightest touch, tends to happen earlier and earlier.'
  10. 'But his truculent behaviour and volatile temper is outraging purists.'


1. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.

2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing: his truculent criticism of her work.

3. aggressively hostile; belligerent.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be truculent with people."

"people can be truculent with drapers."

"people can be truculent."

"voices can be truculent."

"ways can be truculent."

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Mid 16th century: from Latin truculentus, from trux, truc- ‘fierce’.