trenchancy


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trench·ant

 (trĕn′chənt)
adj.
1. Forceful and clear; penetrating: a trenchant argument.
2. Caustic; cutting: a trenchant wit.
3. Distinct; clear-cut: "The times were felt to require ... trenchant distinctions between good and bad, right and wrong" (David Simpson).

[Middle English, from Old French, cutting, from present participle of trenchier, to cut; see trench.]

trench′an·cy n.
trench′ant·ly adv.

trenchancy

the state or quality of being forceful, incisive, or penetrating, as in words or an argument. — trenchant, adj.
See also: Argumentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trenchancy - keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellecttrenchancy - keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellect
effectiveness, effectivity, effectuality, effectualness - power to be effective; the quality of being able to bring about an effect

trenchancy

noun
Irony or bitterness, as of tone:
Translations

trenchancy

n (of language)Treffsicherheit f; (of style)Prägnanz f; (of satire, statement)Bissigkeit f; (of view, speech)Pointiertheit f; (of wit, criticism)Schärfe f
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