trenchant

[ tren-chuhnt ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting

Origin + Etymology

from Old French, literally ‘cutting’, present participle of trenchier

Synonyms

  • sharp
  • incisive
  • cutting
  • pointed
  • piercing
  • penetrating

Antonyms

  • bland
  • dull
  • mild
  • stupid
  • blunt
  • gentle
  • nice
  • calm

Example

He was shattered and bewildered by this trenchant criticism.

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