Thursday, October 01, 2015

Word of the day: truculent

The word of the day is truculent:

  1. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
  2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing.
  3. aggressively hostile; belligerent.
c.1540, from L. truculentus "fierce, savage," from trux (gen. trucis) "fierce, wild." (

"Few acts these days make a show of shunning commercial success, perhaps because, after a decade of turmoil, the corporate-pop monolith no longer seems so monolithic.  Lady Gaga blazed a trail for truculent pop stars by treating her own celebrity as an evolving art project."

 - Kelefa Sanneh, "Pop for misfits: Can a former noise musician become a star?", 28 September 2015 The New Yorker (

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