A Word A Day : Trenchant
Wednesday, 13th February 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : trén-chant
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
Middle English, from Old French, cutting, from present participle of trenchier, to cut
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
mild, kind, nice, frivolous, gentle, impotent, weak
• 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.
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