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synonyms for trenchant

  • acerbic
  • biting
  • caustic
  • incisive
  • mordant
  • penetrating
  • pointed
  • pungent
  • salient
  • unsparing
  • acid
  • acidulous
  • acute
  • astringent
  • clear
  • clear-cut
  • crisp
  • critical
  • crushing
  • cutting
  • distinct
  • driving
  • dynamic
  • effective
  • effectual
  • emphatic
  • energetic
  • explicit
  • forceful
  • forcible
  • graphic
  • hurtful
  • impressive
  • intense
  • keen
  • piquant
  • potent
  • powerful
  • razor-sharp
  • salty
  • sardonic
  • sententious
  • severe
  • sharp
  • significant
  • strong
  • tart
  • to the point
  • unequivocal
  • vigorous
  • weighty
  • well-defined
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antonyms for trenchant

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  • bland
  • blunt
  • calm
  • dull
  • gentle
  • kind
  • mild
  • nice
  • soothing
  • stupid
  • frivolous
  • impotent
  • weak
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How to use trenchant in a sentence

It’s a really nuanced and thoughtful book that won a million awards when it came out in 2018, and it’s especially trenchant on the responsibilities forced on to the families of incarcerated people.
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Whitehead and Jenkins are very different kinds of artists, the former a minimalist whose spare prose conceals allegories of remarkable depth and the latter an expressionist, infusing trenchant ideas into sounds and images laden with emotion.
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They argue that this increasingly trenchant China must be resisted, not managed or negotiated with, and Hong Kong is the front line.
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One of the most trenchant chapters in the book is deceptively simple.
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It is not every one that can handle an instrument of such trenchant power, yet delicate temper, as Nelson's sensitive genius.
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It must be admitted that this is satire of a good trenchant sort.
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The western demand for responsible government pointed the way, and Howe became, with Baldwin, its most trenchant advocate.
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Hence, the transition is abrupt; although by no means conclusive as to any broad and trenchant line of ethnological demarcation.
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The words with which the parable is pressed home are severe and trenchant; but they are nevertheless full of gospel grace.
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Now is the bloody eagle, with the trenchant blade, graven on the back of Sigmund's slayer.
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WORDS RELATED TO TRENCHANT

  • acerbic
  • biting
  • caustic
  • cutting
  • dry
  • harsh
  • hateful
  • hurtful
  • mordant
  • nasty
  • offensive
  • sarcastic
  • sharp
  • stinging
  • trenchant
  • vitriolic
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