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Her most trenchant criticism was aimed at the President.
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  • Her most trenchant criticism was aimed at the President.
  • She surprised everyone with an especially trenchant argument.
  • There was a trenchant, focused look to his eyes, as if a notion or thought had taken a profound hold over him and he was useless before it.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • A second less and the trenchant blade had shorn through his heart.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • My sister had a trenchant way of cutting our bread and butter for us, that never varied.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The second lycanthrope made a trenchant point.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • John Torrance, man of letters, esteemed thinker, winner of the Pulitzer Prize at seventy for his trenchant book of memoirs, My Life in the Twentieth Century.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There hath he hung his arms and trenchant blade Wherewith, achieving deeds till now unseen, He slays, lays low, cleaves, hews; but art hath made A novel style for our new paladin.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • His eyes, of the usual blue, were perhaps remarkably cold, and he certainly could make his glance fall on one as trenchant and heavy as an ax.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • His singing of that simple ballad, Martin, is the most trenchant rendering I ever heard in the whole course of my experience.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • But they also embodied a trenchant ’social criticism.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Though the inspector had no such convenient pulpit for reply, certain trenchant remarks of his on persecution, contempt of authority, bigotry, religious mania, the law of slander, and the probable effects of direct action in opposition to Government sanction achieved a wide circulation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • She and the student are never far apart, hovering, shoulder to shoulder, over her narrow desk, mercilessly dissecting a term paper or gleaning the five trenchant points from a thirty-page chapter of gobbledygook.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • First, the lonely boar-spears and knives of the chase had been reddened as of old; then, had gleamed trenchant in the morning sunshine; now, doors and windows were thrown open, horses in their stables looked round over their shoulders at the light and freshness pouring in at doorways, leaves sparkled and rustled at iron-grated windows, dogs pulled hard at their chains, and reared impatient to be loosed.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Many timid remonstrances had she uttered to George in behalf of her brother, but the former in his trenchant way cut these entreaties short.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • I found their simple scale of honour was based mainly on the capacity for inflicting trenchant wounds.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • The trenchant divisions between right and wrong, honest and dishonest, respectable and the reverse, had left so little scope for the unforeseen.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Thereat sat Sir Gawaine in great envy and told Gaheris his brother, yonder knight is put to great worship, the which grieveth me sore, for he slew our father King Lot, therefore I will slay him, said Gawaine, with a sword that was sent me that is passing trenchant.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • Thereat sat Sir Gawaine in great envy and told Gaheris his brother, yonder knight is put to great worship, the which grieveth me sore, for he slew our father King Lot, therefore I will slay him, said Gawaine, with a sword that was sent me that is passing trenchant.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • So trenchant was the Templar’s weapon, that it shore asunder, as it had been a willow twig, the tough and plaited handle of the mace, which the ill-fated Saxon reared to parry the blow, and, descending on his head, levelled him with the earth.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • 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.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • As it is Mr. Guppy’s perplexing way with boastful misery to tempt his particular friends into this subject, and the moment they touch it, to turn on them with that trenchant severity about the chords in the human mind, both Mr. Jobling and Mr. Smallweed decline the pitfall by remaining silent.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Isabel saw them arrive with a good deal of assiduity at her aunt’s hotel, and pronounced on them with a trenchancy doubtless to be accounted for by the temporary exaltation of her sense of human duty.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Knell had cut out with the trenchant call, and stood ready.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • When Castleton finished his narrative there was a trenchant silence.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • A strange, trenchant trembling coursed through all her veins.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • Silence followed the scout’s trenchant speech.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • He has built flats on its site, his motor-cars grow swifter, his exposures of Socialism more trenchant.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • A third time the whistle rang down from the ridge, splitting the air, strong and trenchant, the fiery, shrill challenge of a stallion.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • Isabel saw them arrive with a good deal of assiduity at her aunt’s hotel, and pronounced on them with a trenchancy doubtless to be accounted for by the temporary exaltation of her sense of human duty.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • This might have had its effect upon Carley’s reaction to the situation, making it sweet, trenchant with meaning, but she was hungry enough and the dinner was good enough to make this hour memorable on that score alone.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • And he walked on, wearing those everlasting pastel checked trousers, leaving Hans Castorp behind, presumably "cut to the quick" by so much trenchant significance—and to some extent he was, although he was also vexed and amused by the notion that he was supposed to be.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But all that he was he was by instinct and not by theory, and the amiability of his character was so great that certain of the aristocratic virtues, which in some aspects seem rather brittle and trenchant, acquired in his application of them an extreme geniality.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • He wanted to show his tolerance of her viewpoint, allow himself to be convinced by some of her arguments, make certain trenchant points of his own and then drive her to the nondescript room where she lived at the edge of this or that town, with a partial view of the mountains, and have soft, moaning and mutually tolerant sex in her rumpled bed, but he slowed only slightly as he drove past.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Also that traitor king slew the noble knight Sir Tristram, as he sat harping afore his lady La Beale Isoud, with a trenchant glaive, for whose death was much bewailing of every knight that ever were in Arthur’s days; there was never none so bewailed as was Sir Tristram and Sir Lamorak, for they were traitorously slain, Sir Tristram by King Mark, and Sir Lamorak by Sir Gawaine and his brethren.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • *shoot Aye by his belt he bare a long pavade*, *poniard And of his sword full trenchant was the blade.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • And Davis Higby, who was far more trenchant and roistering than his pleasant exterior gave any indication of, turned to Ratterer and said: "Whatja want to start this Rhine wine and seltzer stuff for, so soon, Tom?
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Trenchant, Mr Power said laughing.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Most trenchant rendition of that ballad, upon my soul and honour It is.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Trenchant exponent of Shakespeare.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Upon this M. Nioche’s accent became more finely trenchant than ever, he offered to read extracts from Lamartine, and he protested that, although he did endeavor according to his feeble lights to cultivate refinement of diction, monsieur, if he wanted the real thing, should go to the Theatre Francais.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • And at the same time with such apposite trenchancy.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It was a criticism of Henry’s character far more trenchant than any of her own.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • That was a strong and trenchant call.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • That last sight of him standing alone, leaning with head bowed, a solitary figure trenchant with suggestion of tragic resignation and strength, returned to flay Carley.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The strange content of his query, the trenchant force of it, brought her upright, with sight suddenly cleared.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • She recalled Christine’s trenchant exposition of Ambrose’s wooing: "He tell me he love me; he kees me; he hug me; he put me on his horse; he ride away with me; he marry me."
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • On foot, alone, undaunted, high-souled, with but a simple sword, and that no trenchant blade of the Perrillo brand, a shield, but no bright polished steel one, there stoodst thou, biding and awaiting the two fiercest lions that Africa’s forests ever bred!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • On the contrary, he must attack and fall upon them with a gallant bearing and a fearless heart, and, if possible, vanquish and destroy them, even though they have for armour the shells of a certain fish, that they say are harder than diamonds, and in place of swords wield trenchant blades of Damascus steel, or clubs studded with spikes also of steel, such as I have more than once seen.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • 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.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
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