Definition of mordant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈmɔːdnt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɔːrdnt//
(formal) Describing unpleasant traits
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critical and unkind, but funny synonym caustic His mordant wit appealed to students. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French, present participle of mordre ‘to bite’, from Latin mordere.
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