noun mor·dan·cy \ˈmr-dən(t)-sē\

Definition of MORDANCY

:  a biting and caustic quality of style :  incisiveness
:  a sharply critical or bitter quality of thought or feeling :  harshness

Examples of MORDANCY

  1. <the surprising mordancy with which the two physicians contested each other's claim to having discovered an effective vaccine for polio>

First Known Use of MORDANCY

circa 1656


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