AskDefine | Define trenchant

Dictionary Definition

trenchant adj
1 having keenness and forcefulness and penetration in thought, expression, or intellect; "searching insights"; "trenchant criticism" [syn: searching]
2 characterized by or full of force and vigor; "a hard-hitting expose"; "a trenchant argument" [syn: hard-hitting]
3 clearly or sharply defined to the mind; "clear-cut evidence of tampering"; "Claudius was the first to invade Britain with distinct...intentions of conquest"; "trenchant distinctions between right and wrong" [syn: clear-cut, distinct]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈtrenʃənt/


en-adj more
  1. Fitted to trench or cut; gutting; sharp.
  2. Keen; biting; vigorously effective and articulate; severe; as, trenchant wit.


biting, severe

Extensive Definition

Three vessels of the British Royal Navy have been named HMS Trenchant:
trenchant in Slovenian: HMS Trenchant

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