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trenchant (adj) (of remarks, views, criticism, etc.) keen, sharp and effective.

Trenchant remarks are remarks expressed effectively, strongly and clearly without worrying about offending others. Trenchant criticism is strong and sharp criticism made without regard for othersí feelings.

  • Ivan is known for his trenchant criticism of the governmentís actions. His criticism is noted for being sharp, strong and effective.
  • Jensonís trenchant remarks on the occasion were unexpected and caused a lot of surprise. They were strong, clear and effectively expressed. He did not bother whether his remarks hurt the others or not.
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