verb (used with object)
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Origin of mordant
OTHER WORDS FROM mordantmor·dant·ly, adverbun·mor·dant, adjectiveun·mor·dant·ly, adverb
Words nearby mordant
Example sentences from the Web for mordant
Yet, it fit so well with the mordant tenor of the game that I felt no compulsion to try to better Curdin’s fate.‘Mundaun’ offers the rare chance to smoke a pipe while talking to the severed head of a goat|Christopher Byrd|March 26, 2021|Washington Post
More than anything else he is cheery—mordant and ironic at times, but undauntedly optimistic.
Such seemingly effortless—and mordant—improvisation can be a marvel to behold.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure|Joe Morgenstern|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
I like that the emotional lives of women are tinged with a kind of mordant humor for the most part.
In some cases the mordant is added to the dye liquid; in others the material is previously treated with it before being colored.
Lime is sometimes used as a mordant but the straws are usually first treated with kolis leaves.
The king sent him back the picture, mordant epigrams appeared in the journals, and Reynolds scoffed at him in his Discourses.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)|Richard Muther
His mordant reply to the questioning pay-clerk was: "Yes, I am a mason."The Stones of Paris in History and Letters, Volume I (of 2)|Benjamin Ellis Martin
The first act seemed gay and lively, with a sort of mordant raillery in it with which the audience was unfamiliar.The English Stage|Augustin Filon