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mordant

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adjective mor·dant \ˈmȯr-dənt\

Simple Definition of mordant

  • : expressing harsh criticism especially in a way that is funny

Full Definition of mordant

  1. 1 :  biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style :  incisive <a mordant wit>

  2. 2 :  acting as a mordant

  3. 3 :  burning, pungent

mor·dant·ly adverb

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


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mordant

noun mor·dant

Definition of mordant

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

  2. 2 :  a corroding substance used in etching



1791

First Known Use of mordant

1791

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mordant

verb mor·dant

Definition of mordant

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to treat with a mordant



1836

First Known Use of mordant

1836

Other Chemical Engineering Terms


Medical Dictionary

mordant

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noun mor·dant \ˈmȯrd-ənt\

Medical 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. mordant transitive verb





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