truculence

noun
tru·cu·lence | \ ˈtrə-kyə-lən(t)s also ˈtrü- \

Definition of truculence 

: the quality or state of being truculent

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Examples of truculence in a Sentence

a congenital truculence that resulted in his spending most of his adolescence in juvenile detention homes beneath his suave, polished exterior lay the truculence of a common street thug

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Trump’s willingness to meet with Kim — despite their history of mutual truculence — speaks to his real desire to resolve this longstanding issue. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump-Kim summit may be more warm-up act than finale," 11 June 2018 The girl, indignant, gathers up the clothes and stalks away; there’s a genuine truculence in her step. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Turning Points: Three Movies Centering on Young Women," 13 Apr. 2018 Redstone’s truculence is reminiscent of her father Sumner, who built his media empire around Viacom cable networks MTV and Nickelodeon, later adding CBS and Paramount film studios. Edmund Lee, Recode, "Shari Redstone is facing off against Les Moonves in a battle to run CBS-Viacom," 11 Apr. 2018 The swerving between cooperation and truculence has reflected how Trump has handled the investigation, leaving even some allies scratching their heads. Chris Megerian, latimes.com, "Trump personal attorney John Dowd resigns in shake-up of president's legal team," 22 Mar. 2018 This mix of resentment and truculence strikes a chord with many Russians. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "For newly reelected Putin, it's all about making Russia great again," 19 Mar. 2018 Give no ground to your critics, Mr. Bannon urged the president, with characteristic truculence. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The elites strike back — getting under Trump’s skin," 21 Aug. 2017 Give no ground to your critics, Mr. Bannon urged the president, with characteristic truculence. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: The elites strike back — getting under Trump’s skin," 21 Aug. 2017 Give no ground to your critics, Mr. Bannon urged the president, with characteristic truculence. Jeremy W. Peters And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Bannon Was Set for a Graceful Exit. Then Came Charlottesville.," 20 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of truculence

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

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