mordant


1mor·dant

adjective \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

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

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

mor·dant

noun \ˈmrd-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

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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