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trenchant
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
clear, strong, and sharply focused — especially of criticism
  • He had to be deferential when Mr. Vincy decided questions with trenchant ignorance, especially as to those liquors which were the best inward pickle, preserving you from the effects of bad air.
    Book 4 -- Three Love Problems (26% in)
  • What the opposition in Middlemarch said about the New Hospital and its administration had certainly a great deal of echo in it, for heaven has taken care that everybody shall not be an originator; but there were differences which represented every social shade between the polished moderation of Dr. Minchin and the trenchant assertion of Mrs. Dollop, the landlady of the Tankard in Slaughter Lane.
    Book 5 -- The Dead Hand (11% in)

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