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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
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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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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