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 Hamilton's occasional truculence and questions over tax have led to negative headlines over the years -- he is certainly admired. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Lewis Hamilton, Formula One's voice and conscience," 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, "The pandemic could reshape the world order. Trump's chaotic strategy is accelerating US losses," 23 May 2020 Mike Babcock, a proponent of truculence in his charges, saw his bosses’ patience run out Wednesday., "Mike Babcock," 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, "Trump’s defiance of oversight presents new challenge to Congress’s ability to rein in the executive branch," 8 Oct. 2019 This is a reality the PRC denies with fluctuating, but currently intensifying, truculence. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Hong Kong’s resistance offers lessons for Taiwan," 22 Sep. 2019 This is a reality the PRC denies with fluctuating, but currently intensifying, truculence. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: Hong Kong’s resistance offers lessons for Taiwan," 22 Sep. 2019 Trump’s trade war, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to be based on any consistent purpose except truculence. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Slowing to a 2.1% annual growth rate, Trump’s economy comes off its sugar high," 26 July 2019 One can agree that this says something unpleasant about the Furtwängler persona, suggesting a nearly atavistic truculence. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Wilhelm Furtwängler’ Review: Apostle of Inwardness," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of truculence

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

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“Truculence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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