A Word A Day : Trenchant



Wednesday, 13th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Trenchant



( Adjective )



Pronunciation : trén-chant


Definition:


1. clearly or sharply defined

2. vigorous, effective, energetic

3. possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity

4. so sharp as to cause mental pain

5. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression or intellect


Etymology:


Middle English, from Old French, cutting, from present participle of trenchier, to cut


Synonyms


incisive, cutting, sharp, biting, acerbic, severe, scathing, forceful, direct, forthright, caustic, penetrating

• Having a sharp taste is
pungent.

• Having a pleasingly sharp taste is
piquant.


Antonyms


mild, kind, nice, frivolous, gentle, impotent, weak


Contextual Examples:


• Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the
trenchant zeal of a crusader.

• He heard these words in his father's
trenchant voice, and trembled, and then dodged the thought.

• The very air seemed as hard and
trenchant as steel. But it would have taken much more than this to extinguish my sacred fire for the exercise of my craft.

• With
trenchant swords upraised and poised on high, it seemed as though the two valiant and wrathful combatants stood threatening heaven and hell.


Related Words:


trenchantly : Adverb

trenchancy : Noun


Common Misspellings of Trenchant:


trenchand

trensant


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