Word Moment: Truculent

truc·u·lent (trky-lnt)

adj.

1. Disposed to fight; pugnacious.
2. Expressing bitter opposition; scathing: a truculent speech against the new government.
3. Disposed to or exhibiting violence or destructiveness; fierce.

[Latin truculentus, from trux, truc-fierce; see ter-2 in Indo-European roots.]

trucu·lent·ly adv.
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