Definition of truculent in US English:



  • Eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant.

    ‘his days of truculent defiance were over’
    • ‘He is, however, notoriously truculent and would demand a high salary.’
    • ‘No group or organisation can be held accountable, nor should they be for the actions of a small group of truculent individuals.’
    • ‘The familiar avuncular figure in a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches does not seem the obvious choice to distribute condoms to truculent teenagers.’
    • ‘Colleagues say the negotiating skills he displayed during his dealings with truculent Glasgow councillors showed he has the mettle for the big time.’
    • ‘In fact, in contemporary society the transition from pleasant child to dramatically truculent teenager, with an ego like a hedgehog that raises its spikes at the slightest touch, tends to happen earlier and earlier.’
    • ‘It is that truculent attitude that most irritates many military men.’
    • ‘‘He was a truculent and feisty character who you couldn't fail to admire and I believe those wartime experiences took a toll on his health in later years,’ he said.’
    • ‘But his truculent behaviour and volatile temper is outraging purists.’
    • ‘Admittedly it was mid-afternoon when I saw the film at the town's cinema: an evening audience might perhaps have been a touch more truculent.’
    • ‘He might take it as a national mandate to pursue the policy of truculent unilateralism.’
    • ‘Danny is a truculent teenager, expressing unhappiness through behaviour that perplexes his parents and leads to eventual expulsion from school.’
    • ‘So how did this truculent loner become one of our best loved national mascots?’
    • ‘Perhaps all this success and recognition has softened what was once a rather truculent disposition.’
    • ‘Those who sought to defend the rights of property-owners were exposed to truculent and often offensive questioning.’
    • ‘He was an actor who dared to tread the boards at the York Theatre Royal in the 18th century, when it was known to host one of the most raucous and truculent audiences around.’
    • ‘The truculent aggression and stiff-necked unilateralism of both teams are already well known.’
    • ‘She was very argumentative and truculent and when I tried to calm her down, I noticed something strange.’
    • ‘Read a selection of past interviews and you're left with a picture of a truculent, grumpy old curmudgeon.’
    • ‘Her tone in doing so was truculent, self-satisfied and arrogant.’
    • ‘His truculent - if abruptly curtailed - brilliance in the role is a fitting memorial to his often underrated talent.’
    defiant, aggressive, antagonistic, belligerent, pugnacious, bellicose, combative, confrontational, ready for a fight, hostile, obstreperous, argumentative, quarrelsome, contentious, uncooperative
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Mid 16th century: from Latin truculentus, from trux, truc- ‘fierce’.