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English definition of “mordant”

mordant

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