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
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