verb (used with object)
Origin of mordant
Examples from the Web for mordantly
Rylance was unforgettable as the mordantly sly king in Richard III, giving a brilliant new twist to a classic role.
Booklist says her “brilliantly structured stories are mordantly funny, haunting, and wise, making for a glorious collection.”
Another notable figure was Tom Hood the younger, mordantly humorous.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for mordantly
Word Origin for mordant
Word Origin and History for mordantly
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.