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Princeton's WordNet

  1. truculence, truculencynoun

    obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness


  1. truculencenoun

    The state of being truculent.

  2. Etymology: truculentia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Truculencenoun

    Etymology: truculentia, Lat.


  1. truculence

    Cruelty is the pleasure in inflicting suffering or inaction towards another's suffering when a clear remedy is readily available. Sadism can also be related to this form of action or concept. Cruel ways of inflicting suffering may involve violence, but affirmative violence is not necessary for an act to be cruel. For example, if a person is drowning and begging for help and another person is able to help with no cost or risk, but is merely watching with disinterest or perhaps mischievous amusement, that person is being cruel—rather than violent. George Eliot stated that "cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside itself; it only requires opportunity." Bertrand Russell stated that "the infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell." Gilbert K. Chesterton stated that "cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty."The word has metaphorical uses, for example, "The cliffs remained cruel." (i.e., unclimbable when they desperately needed to be climbed) in The Lord of the Rings.


  1. truculence

    Truculence is a disposition or state of aggression, hostility, or belligerence. It typically represents a tendency towards defiance, combativeness, or resistance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Truculencenoun

    alt. of Truculency

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of truculence in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of truculence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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  • Barbara Wood
    Barbara Wood
    Oops...my typo: 'trucelent'
    LikeReply7 years ago
  • Barbara Wood
    Barbara Wood
    Would appreciate some illustrative sentences using the word 'truculence, truculantt' in noun and adj. form in contexts that are commonplace today.
    LikeReply7 years ago

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