trenchant

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from the present participle of trenchier, "to cut."

Adjective[edit]

trenchant (comparative more trenchant, superlative most trenchant)

  1. (obsolete) Fitted to trench or cut; gutting; sharp.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 1
      The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty, / For want of fighting was grown rusty, / And ate into itself, for lack / Of somebody to hew and hack.
  2. (figuratively) Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 1
      His eyes, of the usual blue, were perhaps remarkably cold, and he certainly could make his glance fall on one as trenchant and heavy as an axe.

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Adjective[edit]

trenchant m, f (plural trenchanz)

  1. sharp; razor sharp

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Verb[edit]

trenchant

  1. Present participle of trenchier.