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

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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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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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