Such seemingly effortless—and mordant—improvisation can be a marvel to behold.
I like that the emotional lives of women are tinged with a kind of mordant humor for the most part.
Bradlee is, at times, funny, mordant, surprisingly perceptive and disturbingly naïve.
Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel.
"mordant" is the word I think I want to describe his conversation.
In dyeing wool it is the fibre itself which acts as the mordant.
Here, again, the mordant has no influence on the colour, but only fixes it on the cotton.
Pour on the film as much of the mordant as the cover-glass will hold.
Tin is not so useful as a mordant in itself, but as a modifying agent with other mordants.
They are well sumached after tanning to bleach and to mordant.
late 15c., "caustic" (of words, speech), from Middle French mordant, literally "biting," present participle of mordre "to bite," from Latin mordere "to bite, bite into; nip, sting;" figuratively "to pain, cause hurt," perhaps from PIE root mer- (2) "to rub away, harm" (see smart (v.)). Related: Mordantly. The noun sense in dyeing is first recorded 1791; the adjective in this sense is from 1902. Related: Mordancy; mordantly.
mordant mor·dant (môr'dnt)
Serving to fix colors in dyeing. n.
A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or other materials. v. mor·dant·ed, mor·dant·ing, mor·dants
To treat with a mordant.