mordancy

noun mor·dan·cy \ ˈmȯr-dᵊn(t)-sē \

Definition of mordancy

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

Examples of mordancy in a Sentence

  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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