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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.
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Adv.1.trenchantly - in a vigorous and effective mannertrenchantly - in a vigorous and effective manner; "he defended his client's civil rights trenchantly"


[ˈtrentʃəntlɪ] ADVmordazmente


adv say, observescharf; he made his point trenchantlyer argumentierte sicher; a trenchantly witty remarkeine scharfe, geistreiche Bemerkung
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