mordacious

[ mawr-dey-shuh s ]
/ mɔrˈdeɪ ʃəs /

adjective

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
Related formsmor·da·cious·ly, adverbmor·dac·i·ty [mawr-das-i-tee] /mɔrˈdæs ɪ ti/, noun
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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.

British Dictionary definitions for mordacity

mordacious

/ (mɔːˈdeɪʃəs) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for mordacious

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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