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.
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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