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English definition of “mordant”

mordant

adjective     /ˈmɔː.dənt/ US  /ˈmɔːr-/ formal
( especially of humour ) cruel and criticizing in a humorous way: mordant wit / humour a mordant remark → Synonym bitingUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveTreating people or animals badlyInsults and abuse mordantly     /-li/ adverb
(Definition of mordant adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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