[ mawr-dey-shuh s ]
/ mɔrˈdeɪ ʃəs /
biting or given to biting.
sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
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Origin of mordacious
1640–50; < Latin mordāci- (stem of mordāx given to biting) + -ous
OTHER WORDS FROM mordaciousmor·da·cious·ly, adverbmor·dac·i·ty [mawr-das-i-tee] /mɔrˈdæs ɪ ti/, noun
Words nearby mordacious
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Example sentences 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|Isaac Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for mordacity
/ (mɔːˈdeɪʃəs) /
sarcastic, caustic, or biting
Derived forms of mordaciousmordaciously, adverbmordacity (mɔːˈdæsɪtɪ) or mordaciousness, noun
Word Origin for mordacious
C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite
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