- The definition of mordant is very sarcastic and painful wit or speech.
An example of a mordant person is someone who is always making cruel and sarcastic remarks to others.
- Mordant is defined as a substance that attaches dyes to materials, or a corrosive substance used in etching.
An example of a mordant is tannic acid.
- biting, cutting, caustic, or sarcastic: said of speech, wit, etc.
- causing corrosion
- acting as a mordant
Origin of mordantMiddle English mordent from Old French mordant, present participle of mordre, to bite from Classical Latin mordere from Indo-European an unverified form merd-, variant, variety of base an unverified form mer-: see morbid
- a substance used in dyeing to fix the coloring matter, as a metallic compound that combines with the organic dye to form an insoluble colored compound, or lake, in the fiber of the fabric
- an acid or other corrosive substance used in etching to bite lines, areas, etc. into the surface
- a. Bitingly sarcastic: mordant satire.b. Incisive and trenchant: an inquisitor's mordant questioning.
- Bitingly painful.
- Serving to fix colors in dyeing.
- A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or textiles or other materials.
- A corrosive substance, such as an acid, used in etching.
transitive verbmor·dant·ed, mor·dant·ing, mor·dants
Origin of mordantFrench from Old French present participle of mordre to bite from Vulgar Latin mordere from Latin mordēre ; see mer- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more mordant, superlative most mordant)
(third-person singular simple present mordants, present participle mordanting, simple past and past participle mordanted)
- To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.
- Mordant these goods for dyeing.