verb (used with object)
Origin of mordant
Synonyms for mordant
Origin of mordent
Related Words for mordantbiting, caustic, scathing, acerbic, sardonic, sharp, cutting, acid, bitter, mean, cynical, disparaging, disrespectful, poignant, pointed, acerb
Examples from the Web for mordant
Contemporary Examples of mordant
Such seemingly effortless—and mordant—improvisation can be a marvel to behold.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure
August 16, 2014
Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel.Robert Pinsky: The Comedy of Seamus Heaney
October 1, 2013
"Mordant" is the word I think I want to describe his conversation.Robert Bork, RIP
December 20, 2012
I like that the emotional lives of women are tinged with a kind of mordant humor for the most part.Broadway's Comeback Kid
November 2, 2011
Bradlee is, at times, funny, mordant, surprisingly perceptive and disturbingly naïve.An Ordinary, Extraordinary Life
March 31, 2009
Historical Examples of mordant
What are the products of hydrolysis when stannic chloride is used as a mordant?An Elementary Study of Chemistry
Tin is not so useful as a mordant in itself, but as a modifying agent with other mordants.
Some mordant the wool first with alum, but it does not seem to need it.
No mordant is needed, and the colours produced are the fastest known.
It is one of the substantive colours and does not need any mordant.
Word Origin for mordant
Word Origin for mordent
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.