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mordacious

[mawr-dey-shuh s] /mɔrˈdeɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
biting or given to biting.
2.
sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.
Origin of mordacious
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin mordāci- (stem of mordāx given to biting) + -ous
Related forms
mordaciously, adverb
mordacity
[mawr-das-i-tee] /mɔrˈdæs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
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  • Grand-duke and taxes were synonymes, according to this mordacious lexicographer!

  • Unable longer to endure the lash of his mordacious wit, Shaynon turned and left them alone on the balcony.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for mordacious

mordacious

/mɔːˈdeɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
sarcastic, caustic, or biting
Derived Forms
mordaciously, adverb
mordacity (mɔːˈdæsɪtɪ), mordaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite
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Word Origin and History for mordacious
adj.

"given to biting," 1640s (originally figurative), from Latin mordac-, stem of mordax, from mordere "to bite," perhaps from PIE root mer- (2) "to rub, harm" (see smart (v.)). Related: Mordacity.

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