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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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  • The facility of doggrel merely of itself could not have yielded the exuberance of his humour and the mordacity of his satire.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for mordacity

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 mordacity

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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