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mordant

mor·dant

mordant

 
pronunciation:
mor dnt
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, transitive verb
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: caustic or corrosive.
mordant sarcasma mordant chemical
synonyms:
acerbic, acid, acidic, acrid, biting, caustic, corrosive, cutting, excoriating, stinging
similar words:
abrasive, astringent, bitter, contemptuous, critical, harsh, hurtful, malicious, pungent, sarcastic, sardonic, scornful, sharp, spiteful, venomous
definition 2: keenly perceptive; incisive.
She views folly with a mordant eye.
synonyms:
acute, incisive, insightful, keen, penetrating, perceptive, perspicacious, sharp, trenchant
similar words:
astute, biting, discerning, knowing
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an acid or other corrosive substance used to etch something.
Protective clothing should be worn when using a mordant to etch glass.
similar words:
acid, caustic, corrosive
definition 2: a chemical used as a fixative for dyed material.
synonyms:
fixative
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: mordanted, mordanting, mordants
definition: to treat with a caustic chemical for the purpose of etching or of fixing a dye.
derivations: mordantly (adv.), mordancy (n.)