- biting or given to biting.
- sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
Origin of mordacious
1640–50; < Latin mordāci- (stem of mordāx given to biting) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for mordacity
The facility of doggrel merely of itself could not have yielded the exuberance of his humour and the mordacity of his satire.Amenities of Literature
- sarcastic, caustic, or biting
C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for mordacity
"given to biting," 1640s (originally figurative), from Latin mordac-, stem of mordax, from mordere "to bite," perhaps from PIE root mer- (2) "to rub, harm" (see smart (v.)). Related: Mordacity.
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