Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A disposition or apparent disposition to fight, especially fiercely.
  • n. Ferociously cruel actions or behavior.

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  • n. The state of being truculent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being truculent; savageness of manners; ferociousness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being truculent; savageness of manners and appearance; ferociousness; ferocity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness

Etymologies

Latin truculentia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Just when you thought it was over, there will now be jokes about Gaborik being made of glass and the re-emergence of the term truculence ...

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  • Just wait until Brian Burke hears that his team captain spent 20 minutes last week talking about the Toronto Maple Leafs without once mentioning the word "truculence," choosing instead to focus on words like "fast," and "up-tempo."

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  • Farid’s nihilistic truculence is just a symptom of the larger problem.

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  • From a different point of view the qualities currently so characterized might be described as truculence and clannishness.

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  • When Brian Burke took over as general manager on Nov. 29, 2008 he promised, between using his favourite word truculence, a team that would fore-check aggressively, be tight defensively and rattle bodies at both ends of the ice.

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  • Dealing with the truculence is the referees, and they are not finding it easy.

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  • And it's doing so in an entertaining and risk-taking style with a bit of the "truculence" Mr. Burke says he wants from his players.

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  • However, I doubt if Angelou's use of "truculence" if it is indeed her use at all; we don't really know is an instance of this tradition.

    Succulent truculence.

  • As it is, Burke's story stands out as one of acceptance - from a man known for advocating for "truculence" in hockey and in a game with barriers that still need to be broken down.

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  • In 42 games, Mayers has a goal and four assists and 76 penalty minutes, supposedly bringing the kind of truculence Burke wants.

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  • truculence: ferocity
    truculencia: strangeness

    January 10, 2008