mor·​dan·​cy ˈmȯr-dᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce mordancy (audio)
: a biting and caustic quality of style : incisiveness
: a sharply critical or bitter quality of thought or feeling : harshness

Examples of mordancy in a Sentence

the surprising mordancy with which the two physicians contested each other's claim to having discovered an effective vaccine for polio
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mordancy was circa 1656

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“Mordancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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