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Trenchant (acute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.

Definition of the adjective trenchant

What does trenchant mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more trenchant / most trenchant

  1. having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect
  2. characterized by or full of force and vigor
  3. clearly or sharply defined to the mind
    • example: trenchant distinctions between right and wrong
    • synonyms of trenchant: clear-cut / distinct
    • similar: clear

Alternative definition of the adjective trenchant


  1. [obsolete] Fitted to trench or cut; gutting; sharp.
  2. [figuratively] Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.

Definition of the adjective trenchant for high school students

    effective, articulate, clear-cut
    • example: The directions that accompanied my new cell phone were trenchant and easy to follow.

The adjective trenchant is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.


Trenchant is a musical group.

  • album: "Life of Stone"

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for trenchant

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Google previewA glossary; or collection of words, phrases, names and allusions to customs, proverbs, etc., which have been thought to require illustration in the works of English authors, particularly of Shakespeare, and his contemporaries (1859)

By Robert Nares by Robert Nares

Trenchant means cutting ; in- trenchant, therefore, ought to be not cutting. flNTRlNSECALL. Internal. How far God hath given ...

Google previewA Glossary (1888)

Or, Collection of Words, Phrases, Names, and Allusions to Customs, Proverbs, Etc., which Have Been Thought to Require Illustration, in the Works of English Authors, Particularly Shakespeare, and His Contemporaries by Robert Nares

Trenchant means cutting ; in- trenchant;...

Google previewA Glossary of Words, Phrases, Names (1905)

And Allusions in the Works of English Authors, Particularly of Shakespeare and His Contemporaries by Robert Nares

Trenchant means cutting ; in- trenchant;...

Google previewShakespeare-Lexicon (1902)

A Complete Dictionary of All the English Words, Phrases and Constructions in the Works of the Poet by Alexander Schmidt

Trenchant: intrenchant. Tribune: fellow-tribune. Tribute: attribute; distribute. Trick: backtrick; rope-trick; tumbling-trick. Trim: betrim; new-trimmed; untrimmed. Trip: night-tripping; o'ertrip. Traytrip. Troth: betroth; new-trothed. Trouble: untroubled.

Google previewZell's encyclopedia (1896)

an abridged library and universal reference book by Leo de Colange

They have 6 incisors in each jaw, a long, stout canine in each side of both jaws just behind the incisors, and a variable number of molars, which are wholly trenchant, or in part with tuberculous crowns (Fig. 130). Thus the molars of C. are not ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Britannica (1858)

Or, Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature

teeth with a horny maxillary trenchant sheath, like that of Teeth of the chelonian reptiles. Reptile!With respect to number, in no existing reptiles are the “.v'd teeth reduced so low as in certain mammals and fishes; Number.

Google previewShakespeare Lexicon and Quotation Dictionary (2012)

by Alexander Schmidt

Trenchant:intrenchant. Tribune: fellowtribune. Tribute: attribute; distribute. Trick; backtrick; ropetrick; tumblingtrick. Trim: betrim; newtrimmed; untrimmed. Trip: nighttripping;o'ertrip. Traytrip. Troth: betroth; newtrothed. Trouble: untroubled.

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Scrabble value of T1R1E1N1C3H4A1N1T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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