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  • 1. trenchant
    1. (adj.; n.) smaller than average; a small person; a word, expressing smallness, formed when a suffix is added; They lived in a diminutive house. The diminutive woman could not see over the counter.
    2. (adj.) stingy, miserly; The penurious man had millions of dollars, but lived in a cottage to save money. Charles Dickens' Scrooge is the most penurious character in any of his tales.
    3. (adj.) cutting; keen or incisive words; Without a trenchant tool, they would have to break the branches rather than cut them. The trenchant words hurt the man deeply.
    4. (adj.) shabby in appearance; The dowdy girl had no buttons on her coat and the threads were falling apart.
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