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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.

trenchant

(ˈtrɛntʃənt)
adj
1. keen or incisive: trenchant criticism.
2. vigorous and effective: a trenchant foreign policy.
3. distinctly defined: a trenchant outline.
4. archaic or poetic sharp: a trenchant sword.
[C14: from Old French trenchant cutting, from trenchier to cut; see trench]
ˈtrenchancy n
ˈtrenchantly adv

trench•ant

(ˈtrɛn tʃənt)

adj.
1. incisive or keen, as language or a person; cutting: trenchant wit.
2. vigorous; energetic: a trenchant policy of reform.
3. clearly or sharply defined; clear-cut; distinct.
[1275–1325; Middle English tranchaunt < Anglo-French; Old French trenchant, present participle of trenchier to cut. See trench, -ant]
trench′an•cy, n.
trench′ant•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.trenchant - having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellecttrenchant - having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect; "searching insights"; "trenchant criticism"
intelligent - having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree; "is there intelligent life in the universe?"; "an intelligent question"
2.trenchant - characterized by or full of force and vigortrenchant - characterized by or full of force and vigor; "a hard-hitting expose"; "a trenchant argument"
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"
3.trenchant - clearly or sharply defined to the mindtrenchant - clearly or sharply defined to the mind; "clear-cut evidence of tampering"; "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest"; "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong"
clear - readily apparent to the mind; "a clear and present danger"; "a clear explanation"; "a clear case of murder"; "a clear indication that she was angry"; "gave us a clear idea of human nature"

trenchant

trenchant

adjective
1. Possessing or displaying perceptions of great accuracy and sensitivity:
Translations

trenchant

[ˈtrentʃənt] ADJmordaz

trenchant

[ˈtrɛntʃənt] adj [criticism, comment, views] → incisif/ivetrench coat ntrench-coat mtrench warfare nguerre f de tranchées

trenchant

adj languagetreffsicher; styleprägnant; satirebeißend; view, speechpointiert; wit, criticismscharf; statementbissig; to be trenchant on or about somethingin Bezug auf etw (acc)kein Blatt vor den Mund nehmen

trenchant

[ˈtrɛntʃnt] adjtagliente
References in classic literature ?
First, the lonely boar-spears and knives of the chase had been reddened as of old; then, had gleamed trenchant in the morning sunshine; now, doors and windows were thrown open, horses in their stables looked round over their shoulders at the light and freshness pouring in at doorways, leaves sparkled and rustled at iron-grated windows, dogs pulled hard at their chains, and reared impatient to be loosed.
My sister had a trenchant way of cutting our bread-and-butter for us, that never varied.
So trenchant was the Templar's weapon, that it shore asunder, as it had been a willow twig, the tough and plaited handle of the mace, which the ill-fated Saxon reared to parry the blow, and, descending on his head, levelled him with the earth.
With trenchant swords upraised and poised on high, it seemed as though the two valiant and wrathful combatants stood threatening heaven, and earth, and hell, with such resolution and determination did they bear themselves.
He heard these words in his father's trenchant voice, and trembled, and then dodged the thought.
A second less and the trenchant blade had shorn through his coat, making a wide gap whence a bundle of bank notes and a stream of gold fell out.
I found their simple scale of honour was based mainly on the capacity for inflicting trenchant wounds.
The very air seemed as hard and trenchant as steel; but it would have taken much more than this to extinguish my sacred fire for the exercise of my craft.
Nioche's accent became more finely trenchant than ever, he offered to read extracts from Lamartine, and he protested that, although he did endeavor according to his feeble lights to cultivate refinement of diction, monsieur, if he wanted the real thing, should go to the Theatre Francais.
The trenchant divisions between right and wrong, honest and dishonest, respectable and the reverse, had left so little scope for the unforeseen.
Guppy's perplexing way with boastful misery to tempt his particular friends into this subject, and the moment they touch it, to turn on them with that trenchant severity about the chords in the human mind, both Mr.
Vincy decided questions with trenchant ignorance, especially as to those liquors which were the best inward pickle, preserving you from the effects of bad air.