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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
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Parker was noted for the sharpness of her critical sallies, as when she described Katherine Hepburn in The Lake as running "the whole gamut of emotion from A to B." A good many other trenchancies, dispensed in prose, verse, or random discourse, earned her a reputation for caustic wit probably unequaled by any other female American of her generation.