adjective tru·cu·lent \ˈtrə-kyə-lənt also ˈtrü-\

: easily annoyed or angered and likely to argue

Full Definition of TRUCULENT

:  feeling or displaying ferocity :  cruel, savage
:  scathingly harsh :  vitriolic <truculent criticism>
:  aggressively self-assertive :  belligerent
tru·cu·lent·ly adverb

Examples of TRUCULENT

  1. <die-hard fans who became truculent and violent after their team's loss>
  2. <a theater critic who was notorious for his titanically truculent reviews>
  3. The hard work is to demonstrate exactly how the outsize Churchillian personality, so truculent, so impulsive, so often profoundly wrongheaded, became, in the dark spring of 1940, just what was needed for national survival. —Simon Schama, New York Review of Books, 28 Feb. 2002


Latin truculentus, from truc-, trux savage; perhaps akin to Middle Irish trú doomed person
First Known Use: circa 1540


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