What does the word trenchant mean?

Usage examples for trenchant

  1. But hero- worship which can stand the strain of actual converse is rare indeed, especially when the expectant devotee is endowed with keen insight and habits of trenchant expression. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. Well- ground my polished sword is and thin and keen of edge And trenchant, eke, for smiting and long my steel- barbed spear. – Tales from the Arabic Volume 3 by John Payne
  3. Her voice had become quite hard and trenchant as she said these last words; womanlike, she was already prepared to hate the man whose mysterious personality she had hitherto admired, now that the life and safety of Armand appeared to depend on the will of that elusive hero. – El Dorado by Baroness Orczy