- 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 mord&emacron;re; 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.