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Apr 25, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
truculent
unctuous
irresolute
veracious
doughty

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Words such as nice, good, bad, etc., are nice, but can you use some more precise words to describe people around you? If so, try the five words featured in A.Word.A.Day this week. Some of them are for good people, others for bad.

Who knows, in this week’s selections you might even find the perfect word to describe a presidential candidate or two.

truculent

PRONUNCIATION:
(TRUK-yuh-luhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Eager to fight; destructive; cruel; savage.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin trux (savage). Earliest documented use: 1550.

USAGE:
“Sir Geoffrey also visited PW Botha, the South African president, but found him ‘defiant, ill-mannered, and truculent’, according to a report he wrote for Mrs Thatcher.”
Britain ‘Was Seen as a Friend of Apartheid’; Daily Mail (London, UK); Feb 19, 2016.

See more usage examples of truculent in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The rain begins with a single drop. -Manal al-Sharif, human rights activist (b. 25 Apr 1979)

Which US presidential candidate do you think this word describes the best?

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