verb (used with object)
Origin of mordant
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Contemporary Examples of mordantly
Rylance was unforgettable as the mordantly sly king in Richard III, giving a brilliant new twist to a classic role.Who Will Win the Tony Awards?
June 7, 2014
Booklist says her “brilliantly structured stories are mordantly funny, haunting, and wise, making for a glorious collection.”This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
November 22, 2010
Historical Examples of mordantly
Another notable figure was Tom Hood the younger, mordantly humorous.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce
Word Origin 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.