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1mordant

adjective mor·dant \ˈmr-dənt\

: expressing harsh criticism especially in a way that is funny

Full Definition of MORDANT

1
:  biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style :  incisive <a mordant wit>
2
:  acting as a mordant
3
mor·dant·ly adverb
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Examples of MORDANT

  1. a writer famous for her mordant humor
  2. <a mordant review of the movie that compared it to having one's teeth pulled for two hours>

Origin of MORDANT

Middle French, present participle of mordre to bite, from Latin mordēre; perhaps akin to Sanskrit mṛdnāti he presses, rubs
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of MORDANT

caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing mean stingingly incisive. caustic suggests a biting wit <caustic comments>. mordant suggests a wit that is used with deadly effectiveness <mordant reviews of the play>. acrid implies bitterness and often malevolence <acrid invective>. scathing implies indignant attacks delivered with fierce severity <a scathing satire>.

Rhymes with MORDANT

2mordant

noun

Definition of MORDANT

1
:  a chemical that fixes a dye in or on a substance by combining with the dye to form an insoluble compound
2
:  a corroding substance used in etching

First Known Use of MORDANT

1791

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous

3mordant

verb

Definition of MORDANT

transitive verb
:  to treat with a mordant

First Known Use of MORDANT

1836

Other Chemical Engineering Terms

alkali, cation, decant, hygroscopic, isotope, oxidize, slurry, solute, viscous
Medical Dictionary

mordant

noun mor·dant \ˈmrd-ənt\

Medical Definition of MORDANT

:  a chemical that fixes a dye in or on a substance by combining with the dye to form an insoluble compound
mordant transitive verb

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