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trenchant

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adjective tren·chant \-chənt\

Simple Definition of trenchant

  • : very strong, clear, and effective

Full Definition of trenchant

  1. 1 :  keen, sharp

  2. 2 :  vigorously effective and articulate <a trenchant analysis>; also :  caustic <trenchant remarks>

  3. 3a :  sharply perceptive :  penetrating <a trenchant view of current conditions>b :  clear-cut, distinct <the trenchant divisions between right and wrong — Edith Wharton>

tren·chant·ly adverb

Examples of trenchant

  1. a writer with a trenchant wit

  2. <even the most trenchant sword could not sever the bonds of loyalty between them>



Origin of trenchant

Middle English trenchaunt, from Anglo-French, present participle of trencher


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with trenchant



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