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1Vigorous or incisive in expression or style:‘the White Paper makes trenchant criticisms of health authorities’
incisive, cutting, pointed, piercing, penetrating, sharp, keen, acute, razor-sharp, razor-edged, rapier-likevigorous, forceful, strong, telling, emphatic, forthright, bluntbiting, stinging, mordant, pungent, scathing, caustic, acid, tart, acerbic, astringent, sarcasticdevastating, savage, fierce, searing, blistering, witheringacerbmordacious, acidulousView synonyms
- ‘As social critics, they are trenchant and savage, just as one might expect of two former art students who cut their teeth on the Sex Pistols and the Situationists.’
- ‘A quiet and generally even tempered man, he could be and was trenchant in his criticisms as the occasion demanded.’
- ‘However, only a few of the dozen-strong cast have the requisite style to make the parody trenchant instead of merely silly.’
- ‘Deftly weaving original research, trenchant analysis, and an engaging prose style, Dillon recaptures the Spirit of an age that in many ways bears a strong resemblance to our own.’
- ‘Suzie's delight in the gift of the greens is as evident as her disgust in the offer of marriage; she rejects it with trenchant sarcasm and turns abruptly to feed her dog.’
- ‘The Bill passed its first reading easily, despite trenchant criticism from radicals who were angry about interference with the freedom of refugees.’
- ‘Lincoln, who by this time had been brought back into politics by Kansas-Nebraska, became one of the trenchant critics of Douglas's theory of popular sovereignty.’
- ‘That meant that he was always hugely popular both in the House of Lords and the House of Commons, because his criticisms, although trenchant, were never malicious.’
- ‘Galbraith would be horrified by the suggestion that he is part of the mainstream, instead presenting himself as a trenchant critic of what he sees as the corporate-dominated values of today.’
- ‘Not for this group a knee-jerk rejection of the idea of foundation hospitals; rather a trenchant debate about how patients could be involved in local health services both as consumers and as citizens.’
- ‘Neither was his crime to be caught expressing his trenchant views, even though that was a bit stupid.’
- ‘Members may recall that when the Parole Act and the Sentencing Act were first passed, there was trenchant criticism from the Court of Appeal.’
- ‘Anyone expressing trenchant anti-monarchist views is now suspected of sympathising with Irish republicanism's most fanatical fringe.’
- ‘In often trenchant language, he criticised the proposed development for being overly-commercial and entirely unacceptable for such a sensitive area.’
- ‘The drama has many trenchant things to say about New Labour's obsession with style over substance.’
- ‘So, in the spirit of giving till it hurts, let me offer up to the least deserving of us my annual scathingly incisive yet perennially trenchant.’
- ‘From the early 1920s, the ‘New Realism’ of Grosz, Otto Dix, and Christian Schad expressed a trenchant social criticism comparable with the plays of Bertolt Brecht.’
- ‘The interviewer was the man who at the time was regarded as the most abrasive, trenchant, incisive (you get the point) questioner of the time, Robin Day.’
- ‘What makes his books so popular is that he presents what he does find in a singularly trenchant and forthright manner.’
- ‘In doing so, he subjects central tenets of modern economics to trenchant criticism.’
2archaic, literary (of a weapon or tool) having a sharp edge:‘a trenchant blade’
Middle English (in trenchant): from Old French, literally cutting, present participle of trenchier (see trench).
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