trenchancy
noun Date: 1866 the quality or state of being trenchant

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  • trenchancy — trenchant ► ADJECTIVE 1) vigorous or incisive in expression or style. 2) archaic or literary (of a weapon or tool) having a sharp edge. DERIVATIVES trenchancy noun trenchantly adverb. ORIGIN Old French, cutting , from Latin truncare truncate,… …   English terms dictionary

  • trenchancy — See trenchant. * * * …   Universalium

  • trenchancy — noun a) the quality of being trenchant b) irony or bitterness of tone …   Wiktionary

  • trenchancy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Irony or bitterness, as of tone: acerbity, acidity, acridity, causticity, corrosiveness, mordacity, mordancy, sarcasm. See LAUGHTER, RESPECT …   English dictionary for students

  • trenchancy — trench·an·cy || trentʃənsɪ n. sharpness, wittiness; vigor; distinctness, definition …   English contemporary dictionary

  • trenchancy — tren·chan·cy …   English syllables

  • trenchancy — noun keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellect • Syn: ↑incisiveness • Derivationally related forms: ↑trenchant, ↑incisive (for: ↑incisiveness) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • trenchant — trenchancy, n. trenchantly, adv. /tren cheuhnt/, adj. 1. incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting: trenchant wit. 2. vigorous; effective; energetic: a trenchant policy of political reform. 3. clearly or sharply defined; clear… …   Universalium

  • incisiveness — noun keenness and forcefulness of thought or expression or intellect • Syn: ↑trenchancy • Derivationally related forms: ↑trenchant (for: ↑trenchancy), ↑incisive • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • incisiveness — n. keenness and forcefulnelss of thought or expression or intellect. Syn: trenchancy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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