adjective Etymology: Middle English trenchaunt, from Anglo-French, present participle of trencher Date: 14th century 1. keen, sharp 2. vigorously effective and articulate <
a trenchant analysis
; also caustic <
trenchant remarks
3. a. sharply perceptive ; penetrating <
a trenchant view of current conditions
b. clear-cut, distinct <
the trenchant divisions between right and wrong — Edith Wharton
trenchantly adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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