mordancy

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noun mor·dan·cy \ˈmȯr-dən(t)-sē\

Definition of mordancy

  1. 1 :  a biting and caustic quality of style :  incisiveness

  2. 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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