V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. expressed in a forceful, direct, and effective way; 2. deliberately hurtful

Synonyms: sarcastic, biting, clear, critical, forceful, incisive, powerful, direct

Antonyms: indirect, flattering

Tips: Trenchant is derived from the Old French trenchant, which means "sharp and cutting." Trenchant is most often used in a figurative sense to refer to cutting or sharp speech.

Usage Examples:

With trenchant criticism, the politician said that his opponent lacked morality. (biting, powerful, direct)

There were boos and hisses during the politician's speech, but the most trenchant comment came from a child who simply said, "you stink." (critical, clear, powerful)

The student wrote a trenchant and powerful essay about World War II. (incisive, direct)

The defendant made a trenchant argument in his own defense. (forceful, powerful)

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