Mordant meaning

môr'dnt
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.

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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.

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Bitingly painful.
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Serving to fix colors in dyeing.
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Bitingly sarcastic.

Mordant satire.

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Incisive and trenchant.

An inquisitor's mordant questioning.

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A reagent, such as tannic acid, that fixes dyes to cells, tissues, or textiles or other materials.
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A corrosive substance, such as an acid, used in etching.
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To treat with a mordant.
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Biting, cutting, caustic, or sarcastic.
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Causing corrosion.
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Acting as a mordant.
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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.
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An acid or other corrosive substance used in etching to bite lines, areas, etc. into the surface.
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To treat or impregnate with a mordant.
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Having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting; caustic; sarcastic; keen; severe.
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Any substance used to facilitate the fixing of a dye to a fibre; usually a metallic compound which reacts with the dye using chelation.
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Any corrosive substance used in etching.
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To subject to the action of, or imbue with, a mordant.

Mordant these goods for dyeing.

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Origin of mordant

French from Old French present participle of mordre to bite from Vulgar Latin mordere from Latin mordēre mer- in Indo-European roots