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trenchantadjective

uk   us   /ˈtren.tʃənt/ formal
severe, ​expressingstrongcriticism or ​forcefulopinions: His most trenchant criticism is ​reserved for the ​partyleader, 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.
trenchancy
noun [U] uk   us   /-tʃən.si/
trenchantly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of trenchant from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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trenchantadjective

 us   /ˈtren·tʃənt/
(of something said or written) ​forcefully and ​effectivelyexpressed, and often in few words: I ​enjoyreading Murray’s trenchant ​comments on the ​relationship between ​sports and ​society.
(Definition of trenchant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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