truculence

noun
tru·​cu·​lence | \ ˈtrə-kyə-lən(t)s How to pronounce truculence (audio) 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
Recent Examples on the Web The irascibility and truculence of his predecessor was gone. ABC News, 13 June 2021 Think of Mike Pompeo, that landmass of Cold War truculence; think of Donald Trump himself. The Editors, National Review, 25 May 2021 Pompeo traveled through the eastern Mediterranean last month, in an implicit rebuke of Erdogan’s truculence. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 19 Oct. 2020 Hamilton's occasional truculence and questions over tax have led to negative headlines over the years -- he is certainly admired. Aimee Lewis, CNN, 2 July 2020 The country's hawkish right-wing government was in lockstep with the US President in demanding China face an independent WHO investigation over its failure to warn the world of the Covid-19 threat, but was delivered a heavy blow for its truculence. Nic Robertson, CNN, 23 May 2020 Mike Babcock, a proponent of truculence in his charges, saw his bosses’ patience run out Wednesday. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Nov. 2019 Some liberal Democrats want their party to do more to force compliance with oversight requests, concerned the response to the Trump administration's truculence has been too timid. Anchorage Daily News, 8 Oct. 2019 This is a reality the PRC denies with fluctuating, but currently intensifying, truculence. George Will, Twin Cities, 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of truculence

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of truculence was circa 1727

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20 Jun 2021

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“Truculence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truculence. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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