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Related to mordancy: effortlessly, splendidly


a. Bitingly sarcastic: mordant satire.
b. Incisive and trenchant: an inquisitor's mordant questioning.
2. Bitingly painful.
3. Serving to fix colors in dyeing.
1. A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or textiles or other materials.
2. A corrosive substance, such as an acid, used in etching.
tr.v. mor·dant·ed, mor·dant·ing, mor·dants
To treat with a mordant.

[French, from Old French, present participle of mordre, to bite, from Vulgar Latin *mordere, from Latin mordēre; see mer- in Indo-European roots.]

mor′dan·cy n.
mor′dant·ly adv.

mordancy, mordacity

the condition or quality of being biting or caustic, as humor, speech, etc. See also speech. — mordant, adj.
See also: Humor
the property of acting as a fixative in dyeing. — mordant, n. , adj.
See also: Processes
the property of acting as a flxative in dyeing. — mordant, n., adj.
See also: Color
the quality or state of being sarcastic or caustic. — mordant, adj.
See also: Attitudes
the quality or state of being sarcastic or caustic. — mordant, adj.
See also: Moods
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