truculence

noun tru·cu·lence \ ˈtrə-kyə-lən(t)s also ˈtrü- \
Updated on: 18 Apr 2018

Definition of truculence

: the quality or state of being truculent

Examples of truculence in a Sentence

  1. a congenital truculence that resulted in his spending most of his adolescence in juvenile detention homes

  2. beneath his suave, polished exterior lay the truculence of a common street thug

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circa 1727

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