mordant

[ mawr-dnt ]
/ ˈmɔr dnt /
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adjective

noun

verb (used with object)

to impregnate or treat with a mordant.

Origin of mordant

1425–75; late Middle English < Middle French, present participle of mordre to bite ≪ Latin mordēre; see -ant
SYNONYMS FOR mordant
1 cutting, stinging, acerbic, scathing.
Related formsmor·dant·ly, adverbun·mor·dant, adjectiveun·mor·dant·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for mordantly

mordant

/ (ˈmɔːdənt) /

adjective

sarcastic or caustic
having the properties of a mordant
pungent

noun

a substance used before the application of a dye, possessing the ability to fix colours in textiles, leather, etcSee also lake 2 (def. 1)
an acid or other corrosive fluid used to etch lines on a printing plate

verb

(tr) to treat (a fabric, yarn, etc) with a mordant
Derived Formsmordancy, nounmordantly, adverb

Word Origin for mordant

C15: from Old French: biting, from mordre to bite, from Latin mordēre
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Word Origin and History for mordantly

mordant


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for mordantly

mordant

[ môrdnt ]

adj.

Serving to fix colors in dyeing.

n.

A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or other materials.

v.

To treat with a mordant.
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