trenchant


tren·chant

adjective \-chənt\

: very strong, clear, and effective

Full Definition of TRENCHANT

1
:  keen, sharp
2
:  vigorously effective and articulate <a trenchant analysis>; also :  caustic <trenchant remarks>
3
a :  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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