A Word A Day : Truculent
Saturday, 26th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : trúk-ye-lent
1. aggressively or sullenly refusing to accept something or do what is asked
2. disposed to or exhibiting violence or destructiveness
3. expressing bitter opposition
4. disposed to fight
Mid-16th century - Latin truculentus - trux - fierce
orients prone to fighting toward an individual while belligerent
refers to an organized body, a national or political entity. A person is bellicose. A nation is belligerent.
hostile, belligerent, defiant, quarrelsome, argumentative, aggressive, fractious, confrontational, obstreperous, sullen, surly, cussed, insolent
easygoing, civilized, cultured, humane, kind, nice, refined, sophisticated, agreeable, compromising, pacifistic, passive, peaceful
• The leader of the party gave a truculent
speech against the opposition.
• 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.
• His truculent
criticism of her work resulted in enmity between them.
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