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1. Given to biting; biting.
2. Caustic; sarcastic.
mor·dac′i·ty (-dăs′ĭ-tē) n.
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sarcastic, caustic, or biting
[C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite]
mordacity, morˈdaciousness n
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1. biting or given to biting.
2. sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
[1640–50; < Latin mordāci- (s. of mordāx given to biting, derivative of mordēre to bite) + -ous]
mor•dac′i•ty (-ˈdæs ɪ ti) n.
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|Adj.||1.||mordacious - capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"|
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
|2.||mordacious - biting or given to biting; "they deliberately gave me a skittish and mordacious mount"|
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