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  • My friends had assembled again, a far more somber, truculent group than before.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His only weapons against her were silence, truculence; he cultivated an occasional brooding intensity.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • " Muley said truculently, "You ain’t changed neither.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Triceratops: the size and gray color of an elephant, with the truculent stance of a rhino.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park

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  • Bitter and truculent when excited, I spoke as I felt, without reserve or softening.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • These two are also of the same position, but the Count impressed me as a man of somewhat truculent disposition.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • She really was a most charming girl, and might have passed for a captive fairy, whom that truculent Ogre, Old Barley, had pressed into his service.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • She arrived with suitcases, a green sack, a full-grown daughter, and a granddaughter, and found her brother truculent, inhospitable, embarrassed, and unforgiving.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • ’You never trust me with information,’ he whined truculently.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A truculent gnome refused to yield.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl

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  • "You’ll perhaps batten down your hatches till you’re spoke to, my friend," cried Silver truculently to this speaker.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • His face was very truculent, grey and massive, with black cavernous nostrils and circled by a scanty white fur.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He was still clutching the sword of Gryffindor, and wore a strange look: half truculent, half intrigued.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • "How do we know?" Charles said truculently.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • They all featured a truculent, slightly geeky anti-hero.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • This beastly, incorrigible truculence comes from your mother, Hera, whom I keep but barely in my power, say what I will.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • "Where have you been?" he demanded truculently.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • She saw that Sykes had kicked all of the clothes together again, and now stood in her way truculently, his whole manner hoping, praying, for an argument.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • CREON Thou art as sullen in thy yielding mood As in thine anger thou wast truculent.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • Gerald was likable, and the neighbors learned in time what the children, negroes and dogs discovered at first sight, that a kind heart, a ready and sympathetic ear and an open pocketbook lurked just behind his bawling voice and his truculent manner.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A truculent little budgie waited until I nearly trod on her before flitting away.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Grave Gladstone sees him level, Bloom for Bloom. he passes, struck by the stare of truculent Wellington, but in the convex mirror grin unstruck the bonham eyes and fatchuck cheekchops of Jollypoldy the rixdix doldy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • How long? I asked Mami truculently.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • (then with defensive truculence) You think I fixed up a phony, don’t you?
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • I remember her bringing me up to a truculent and red-faced old gentleman covered all over with orders and ribbons, and hissing into my ear, in a tragic whisper which must have been perfectly audible to everybody in the room, the most astounding details.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Whatever it was, if it existed at all, it had relieved Barnard’s breathlessness and Mallinson’s truculence; both had dined well, finding satisfaction in eating rather than talk.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • There were huge stalwart men, brown with exposure, long-haired, and clothed in fantastic rags; there were middle-sized youths, of truculent countenance, and similarly clad; there were blind mendicants, with patched or bandaged eyes; crippled ones, with wooden legs and crutches; diseased ones, with running sores peeping from ineffectual wrappings; there was a villain-looking pedlar with his pack; a knife-grinder, a tinker, and a barber-surgeon, with the implements of their trades; some…
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • (He turns and sees ROPER excited and truculent) ROPER But sir— MORE Now listen, Will.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • But he was refused confirmation by an increasingly truculent Senate.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • It was as if truculent Anys was beside me, whispering impatiently in my ear.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • The field was thus open to the laborious and truculent Noah.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Nor was she pleased by the High Sparrow’s endless truculence and ingratitude.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • His manner is so threatening that she retreats as he comes at her truculently, driving her down the yard.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • He looks truculent.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • And to Bran’s astonishment, the truculent Umbers agreed to do as he commanded, though not without grumbling.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Some years later, when Lord Farman of Faircastle grew truculent, Lord Tywin sent an envoy bearing a lute instead of a letter.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Halleck was proving to be just as truculent as he had feared, and there were some amongst the black brothers whose hatred of the free folk was bone deep.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Valentin remained, and the two men, in their respective places, sat out the rest of the performance, which was also enjoyed by Mademoiselle Nioche and her truculent admirer.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • On state occasions he would tread on his master’s heels, one hand on the haft of his kriss, keeping the common people at a distance by his truculent brooding glances.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • "Looks like you ain’t just so awful pleased to have me boardin’ with Pap," Shade began truculently, when it appeared that the girl was not going to open any conversation with him.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • He has the self-confidence of one who has made money, and something of the truculence of one who has made it in a brutalizing struggle, his civility having under it a perceptible menace that he has other methods in reserve if necessary.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • "Come on—" Truculently they squared up to each other but kept just out of fighting distance.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • No, there hasn’t been any one else," she answered almost truculently.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Truculent: ’When you smoke your pipe…. suppose That the tobacco-smoke spouts from your nose— Do not the neighbors, as the fumes rise higher, Cry terror-struck: "The chimney is afire"?’
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I want payment; that’s what I want," he said truculently.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Why shouldn’t they be?" demanded Bert truculently.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • I ain’t got change for gold," the woman said truculently.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • I don’ wanna," said Yussie truculently.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • He attempts to hide his defenselessness behind a testy truculent manner, but this has never fooled anyone.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He strolled toward the truck, looking truculent and stern.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
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