mordancy

noun
mor·​dan·​cy | \ ˈmȯr-dᵊn(t)-sē How to pronounce mordancy (audio) \

Definition of mordancy

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

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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

First Known Use of mordancy

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mordancy was circa 1656

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“Mordancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mordancy. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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