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mordacious

[mawr-dey-shuh s]
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adjective
  1. biting or given to biting.
  2. sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.

Origin of mordacious

1640–50; < Latin mordāci- (stem of mordāx given to biting) + -ous
Related formsmor·da·cious·ly, adverbmor·dac·i·ty [mawr-das-i-tee] /mɔrˈdæs ɪ ti/, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Isaac Disraeli


British Dictionary definitions for mordacity

mordacious

adjective
  1. sarcastic, caustic, or biting
Derived Formsmordaciously, adverbmordacity (mɔːˈdæsɪtɪ) or mordaciousness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for mordacity

mordacious

adj.

"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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