[ US /ˈtɹɛntʃənt/ ]
[ UK /tɹˈɛnt‍ʃənt/ ]
  1. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
    searching insights
    trenchant criticism
  2. characterized by or full of force and vigor
    a hard-hitting expose
    a trenchant argument
  3. clearly or sharply defined to the mind
    Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest
    trenchant distinctions between right and wrong
    clear-cut evidence of tampering
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How To Use trenchant In A Sentence

  • A quiet and generally even tempered man, he could be and was trenchant in his criticisms as the occasion demanded.
  • As easy mayst thou the in trenchant air With thy keen sword as make me bleed.
  • In doing so, he subjects central tenets of modern economics to trenchant criticism.
  • Arshavin is one of those ideal interviewees who say what they think, and what they think is trenchant, intelligent and quirky. Times, Sunday Times
  • Today, although mellow and quietly reflective, his trenchant views have not changed. Times, Sunday Times
  • From a Christian to a Jew, I send Rabbi Sacks a series of hosannas and amens for his trenchant essay. Freedom Doesn't Mean an Absence of Responsible Values
  • His trenchant views on the subject are well known.
  • He makes trenchant criticisms of the diplomatic service, some justified. Times, Sunday Times
  • A polygamist has to be a good fighter, so accordingly we find that the peacock is armed with trenchant spurs upon the legs.
  • Its trenchant satire is directed at the creaking institutions of Victorian Britain, the Law above all, but also at a do-nothing government and a self-perpetuating governing class.
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