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

Examples of truculence in a Sentence

a congenital truculence that resulted in his spending a significant amount of time in the principal's office the sergeant's truculence was revealed when she made the recruits run even further in the heat
Recent Examples on the Web The Bruins sure could use Hague’s truculence, particularly at that size (6 feet 6 inches, 230 pounds). Matt Porter,, 13 Aug. 2022 By this midflight, a single cup of water has been doled out to each passenger, the sum of amenities from cabin attendants radiating the imperious frown and spirit of truculence that is the hallmark of Aeroflot. New York Times, 11 July 2022 There is a pandemic of mindless truculence in the country. NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 There, she’s known by guards and other inmates for her truculence, even her violence. Richard Brod, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of truculence

circa 1727, in the meaning defined above

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19 Aug 2022

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“Truculence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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