verb (used with object)
Origin of mordant
Definition for mordant (2 of 2)
Origin of mordent
Examples from the Web for mordant
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.
Bradlee is, at times, funny, mordant, surprisingly perceptive and disturbingly naïve.
Boil the goods in a mordant of alum and sulphate of iron, then pass them through a bath of madder.
What did poor Haydon (for I have read the book) get by his mordant gift of satire and his devouring thirst for ink?The Life, Letters and Work of Frederic Leighton|Mrs. Russell Barrington
The mordant for a full red may be acetate of alumina, of spec.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
On wool, catechu yields khaki browns in single bath by using copper sulphate as the mordant.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
In this case the astringent matter plays the part of a mordant.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II|Arnold Cooley
British Dictionary definitions for mordant (1 of 2)
Word Origin for mordant
British Dictionary definitions for mordant (2 of 2)
Word Origin for mordent
Word Origin and History for 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.