from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disposed to fight; pugnacious.
  • adj. Expressing bitter opposition; scathing: a truculent speech against the new government.
  • adj. Disposed to or exhibiting violence or destructiveness; fierce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. cruel or savage
  • adj. Deadly or destructive.
  • adj. Defiant or uncompromising.
  • adj. Eager or quick to argue, fight or start a conflict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fierce; savage; ferocious; barbarous.
  • adj. Cruel; destructive; ruthless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fierce; savage; barbarous.
  • Inspiring terror; ferocious.
  • Cruel; destructive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. defiantly aggressive


Latin truculentus, from trux, truc-, fierce; see terə-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested circa 1540, from Latin truculentus ("fierce, savage"), from trux ("fierce, wild"). (Wiktionary)



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