mordaciously

mordacious

[mawr-dey-shuhs]
adjective
1.
biting or given to biting.
2.
sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc.

Origin:
1640–50; < Latin mordāci- (stem of mordāx given to biting) + -ous

mordaciously, adverb
mordacity [mawr-das-i-tee] , noun
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mordacious (mɔːˈdeɪʃəs)
 
adj
sarcastic, caustic, or biting
 
[C17: from Latin mordax, from mordēre to bite]
 
mor'daciously
 
adv
 
mordacity
 
n
 
mor'daciousness
 
n

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mordacious
1640s (originally figurative), from L. mordac-, from mordax, from mordere (see smart (v.)).
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