How to use Trenchant in a sentence
The work consists of brief, vigorous and trenchant delineations of moral types, which contain a most valuable picture of the life of his time.
This trenchant analysis is, however, not universally admitted.
Intellectually trenchant and emotionally brutal, the film is also a feast of outstanding acting.
On the one hand, it was a trenchant critique of modernity.
Mill was earnestly opposed to the transfer, and the documents in which he substantiated the proud boast for the Company that "few governments, even under far more favourable circumstances, have attempted so much for the good of their subjects or carried so many of their attempts to a beneficial issue," and exposed the defects of the proposed new government, are models of trenchant and dignified pleading.Advertisement
In his trenchant criticism of the origin of what passed for Christianity in his time, he spoke bitter and severe truths, which have gained for him the reputation of the most rabid and wicked of all the enemies of Christianity.
The conjectures of Hermann, in which the Wolfian theory found a modified and tentative application, were presently thrown into the shade by the more trenchant method of Lachmann, who (in two papers read to the Berlin Academy in 1837 and 1841) sought to show that the Iliad was made up of sixteen independent " lays," with various enlargements and interpolations, all finally reduced to order by Peisistratus.
In this year he lost his seat in consequence of the popular prejudice aroused against him by his trenchant pamphlet Oui et non (1845) against attacks on religious liberty, and a second entitled Feul Feul (1845), written in reply to those who demanded a retractation of the former.
Occasionally even there are touches of humour and of trenchant satire - always the sign of an honest writer.
He was very trenchant in his criticism of the Government; thus giving satisfaction to ardent spirits in the Unionist ranks, but causing ministerial speakers to contrast his bitterness and violence with Mr. Balfour's quieter methods.Advertisement
The conflict between these two elements of Common Sense was too profound to be compromised; and the moral consciousness of mankind demanded a more trenchant partisanship than Aristotle's.
Here, UNISON successfully overturned an injunction granted in an unusually trenchant judgment by a deputy High Court judge.
The crew of the Ashigara however sighted Trenchant ' s periscope and opened fire with an antiaircraft gun.
Such profound pessimism disables the power of Hudson's trenchant criticisms of Wired magazine.
It indulges in some fairly trenchant analysis on where the industry is heading.Advertisement
The ' heritage movement ' has not escaped scrutiny, and museums have come in for particularly trenchant criticism.
His diverse experience, combined with his exuberant personality, erudition and often trenchant views make him a compelling and entertaining speaker.
Professor Davis is equally trenchant about her experiences of the political process in the United States.
One of the most interesting features of ant-societies is the dimorphism or polymorphism that may often be seen among the workers, the same species being represented by two or more forms. Thus the British " wood ant " (Formica rufa) has a smaller and a larger race of workers (" minor " and " major " forms), while in Ponera we find a blind race of workers and another race provided with eyes, and in Atta, Eciton and other genera, four or five forms of workers are produced, the largest of which, with huge heads and elongate trenchant mandibles, are known as the " soldier " caste.
During the agitations that preceded the Revolution Cerutti took the popular side, and in 1788 published a pamphlet, Memoire pour le peuple francais, in which in a clear and trenchant style he advocated the claims of the tiers etat.Advertisement
No year had passed since the appearance of Leviathan without some indignant protest against the influence which its trenchant doctrine was calculated to produce upon minds longing above everything for civil repose; but after the Restoration " Hobbism " became a fashionable creed, which it was the duty of every lover of true morality and religion to denounce.
Reuchlin was no less learned than Pico; Melanchthon no less humane than Ficino; Erasmus no less witty, and far more trenchant, than Petrarch; Ulrich von Hutten no less humorous than Folengo; Paracelsus no less fantastically learned than Cardano.
Some have been subject to trenchant media criticisms far beyond what they ever should have had to bear.
Many of the most trenchant critics failed to engage with the pragmatic compromises involved in doing anything in such an environment.
As part of his work James produced a journal full of exquisite drawings and trenchant observations.Advertisement
Here are just a few trenchant comments from the most repeated refrains.
From boyhood he had believed in a protective tariff, and throughout his active life he was its most trenchant advocate and propagandist.
Hitherto he had only been a vigorous opposition speaker, a trenchant critic and accuser of state officials.
Marx subjected this state of affairs to a trenchant critique, and made a big splash.
From 1870 he was editor of the Journal fiir praktische Chemie, in which many trenchant criticisms of contemporary chemists and their doctrines appeared from his pen.
His rhind, no less trenchant and subtle than Hamilton's, was the most impressible, the most receptive, mind of his time in America.
His features were strongly marked; the nose trenchant and hawk-like, and the mouth severely lined.
Proudhon's famous paradox, "La propriete, c'est le vol," is merely a trenchant expression of this general principle.
It is easy to understand how English empiricism issued at once in the trenchant naturalism of Hobbes.
Not less direct and trenchant are his attacks on political government, which, interpreted by the light of after events, sound like the first distant mutterings of revolution.
A trenchant reply to this circular was prepared by Alexander Kilham, one of the younger Methodist preachers.
How clearly he read the causes of religious decadence, how deeply he himself was convinced of the need of trenchant reform, is best shown by his instructions to Chieregati, his nuncio to Germany, in which he laid the axe to the root of the tree with unheard-of freedom.
Very characteristic is the interest in men and things, and the disposition to cut through questions in the schools after a trenchant fashion of his own.
Obtaining also a copy of the work as it had been printed before Hobbes had any doubt of the validity of his solutions, Wallis was able to track his whole course front the time of Ward's provocation - his passage from exultation to doubt, from doubt to confessed impotence, yet still without abandoning the old assumption of confident strength; and all his turnings and windings were now laid bare in one of the most trenchant pieces of controversial writing ever penned.
Elected deputy in 1880, he distinguished himself by trenchant criticism of Magliani's finance, and upon the fall of Magliani was for some months, in 188 9, under-secretary of state for the treasury.
He threw his keen intellect and trenchant style into the cause of university reform, the leading champion of which was another fellow of University College, Arthur Penrhyn Stanley.
It was one of his most trenchant utterances, full of fancy, wit, eloquence and elevated thought.