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Noun, Verb (transitive), Adjective


Noun mordant has 1 sense

Adjective mordant has 2 senses


mordanta. [F., p. pr. of mordere to bite; L. mordere. See Morsel.].
  •  Biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Serving to fix colors.  [1913 Webster]
mordantn. [F., originally, biting.].
  •  Any corroding substance used in etching.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any substance, as alum or copperas, which, having a twofold attraction for organic fibers and coloring matter, serves as a bond of union, and thus gives fixity to, or bites in, the dyes.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Any sticky matter by which the gold leaf is made to adhere.  [1913 Webster]
mordantv. t. 
     To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant; as, to mordant goods for dyeing.  [1913 Webster]


mordant, adj. & n.
1 (of sarcasm etc.) caustic, biting.
2 pungent, smarting.
3 corrosive or cleansing.
4 (of a substance) serving to fix colouring-matter or gold leaf on another substance.
--n. a mordant substance (in senses 3, 4 of adj.).

mordancy n. mordantly adv.
ME f. F, part. of mordre bite f. L mordere



Attic, acerb, acerbate, acerbic, acid, acidic, acidulent, acidulous, acrid, acrimonious, actual cautery, asperous, astringent, biting, bitter, brand, brand iron, branding iron, brilliant, caustic, cauter, cauterant, cauterizer, cautery, clever, corroding, corrosive, cutting, double-edged, driving, droll, edged, effective, electrocautery, escharotic, facetious, fierce, forceful, forcible, funny, gutsy, harsh, hot iron, humorous, humorsome, imperative, impressive, incisive, irritating, jesting, jocose, jocular, joking, joky, joshing, keen, keen-witted, lunar caustic, mordacious, moxa, nervous, nimble-witted, nose-tickling, penetrating, piercing, piquant, poignant, pointed, potential cautery, powerful, punchy, pungent, quick-witted, radium, rapier-like, rigorous, rough, salt, salty, scathing, scintillating, scorching, sensational, severe, sharp, sinewed, sinewy, slashing, smart, sour, sparkling, sprightly, stabbing, stinging, strident, striking, stringent, strong, tart, telling, trenchant, vehement, vigorous, violent, virulent, vital, vitriolic, whimsical, withering, witty



Physical Energy

N energy, physical energy, force, power, keenness, intensity, vigor, strength, elasticity, go, high pressure, fire, rush, acrimony, acritude, causiticity, virulence, poignancy, harshness, severity, edge, point, pungency, cantharides, seasoning, activity, agitation, effervescence, ferment, fermentation, ebullition, splutter, perturbation, stir, bustle, voluntary energy, quicksilver, resolution, exertion, excitation, strong, energetic, forcible, active, intense, deep-dyed, severe, keen, vivid, sharp, acute, incisive, trenchant, brisk, rousing, irritation, poignant, virulent, caustic, corrosive, mordant, harsh, stringent, double-edged, double-shotted, double- distilled, drastic, escharotic, racy, potent, radioactive, strongly, fortiter in re, with telling effect, the steam is up, vires acquirit eundo, the race by vigor not by vaunts is won.


N pungency, piquance, piquancy, poignancy haut-gout, strong taste, twang, race, sharpness, acrimony, roughness, unsavoriness, mustard, cayenne, caviare, seasoning, niter, saltpeter, brine (saltiness), carbonate of ammonia, sal ammoniac, sal volatile, smelling salts, hartshorn (acridity), dram, cordial, nip, nicotine, tobacco, snuff, quid, smoke, segar, cigar, cigarette, weed, fragrant weed, Indian weed, Cavendish, fid, negro head, old soldier, rappee, stogy, pungent, strong, high-, full-flavored, high-tasted, high-seasoned, gamy, sharp, stinging, rough, piquant, racy, biting, mordant, spicy, seasoned, hot, hot as pepper, peppery, vellicating, escharotic, meracious, acrid, acrimonious, bitter, rough, unsavory.


N color, hue, tint, tinge, dye, complexion, shade, tincture, cast, livery, coloration, glow, flush, tone, key, pure color, positive color, primary color, primitive complementary color, three primaries, spectrum, chromatic dispersion, broken color, secondary color, tertiary color, local color, coloring, keeping, tone, value, aerial perspective, chromatics, spectrum analysis, spectroscopy, chromatism, chromatography, chromatology, prism, spectroscope, spectrograph, spectrometer, colorimeter (optical instruments), pigment, coloring matter, paint, dye, wash, distemper, stain, medium, mordant, oil paint, colored, colorific, tingent, tinctorial, chromatic, prismatic, full-colored, high-colored, deep-colored, doubly-dyed, polychromatic, chromatogenous, tingible, bright, vivid, intense, deep, fresh, unfaded, rich, gorgeous, gay, gaudy, florid, gay, garish, rainbow-colored, multihued, showy, flaunting, flashy, raw, crude, glaring, flaring, discordant, inharmonious, mellow, pastel, harmonious, pearly, sweet, delicate, tender, refined.

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