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trenchant

adjective uk   /ˈtren.tʃənt/ formal us  
severe, expressing strong criticism or forceful opinions: His most trenchant criticism is reserved for the party leader, whom he describes as 'the most incompetent and ineffectual the party has known'. Dorothy Parker's writing is characterized by a trenchant wit and sophistication.Unkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse
trenchancy
noun [U] uk   /-tʃən.si/ us  
trenchantly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
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