noun Date: circa 1656 1. a biting and caustic quality of style ; incisiveness 2. a sharply critical or bitter quality of thought or feeling ; harshness

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  • mordancy — ˈmȯ(r)dənsē, si noun ( es) Etymology: mordant (I) + cy 1. : a biting and caustic quality of style : incisiveness the mordancy of his comments made his opponent wince …   Useful english dictionary

  • mordancy — /mawr dn see/, n. the quality of being mordant; sharpness. [1650 60; MORD(ANT) + ANCY] * * * …   Universalium

  • mordancy — Synonyms and related words: acerbity, acidity, acidness, acidulousness, acridity, acrimony, asperity, astringency, bite, bitingness, bitterness, causticity, causticness, corrosiveness, cuttingness, drive, edge, effectiveness, fierceness, force,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • mordancy — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Irony or bitterness, as of tone: acerbity, acidity, acridity, causticity, corrosiveness, mordacity, sarcasm, trenchancy. See LAUGHTER, RESPECT …   English dictionary for students

  • mordancy — mor·dan·cy || mÉ”rdÉ™nsɪ / mɔː n. quality of being mordant; sharpness, sarcasm …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mordancy — mor·dan·cy …   English syllables

  • mordancy — /ˈmɔdnsi/ (say mawdnsee) noun mordant quality. {mord(ant) + ancy} …   Australian English dictionary

  • acerbity — I (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Sourness] Syn. astringency, tartness, acidity; see bitterness 1 . 2. [Harshness] Syn. irritability, asperity, mordancy; see roughness 2 , rudeness , sarcasm . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. 1. sourness bitterness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • mor|dac|i|ty — «mr DAS uh tee», noun. = mordancy. (Cf. ↑mordancy) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paul Groussac — Paul François Groussac (February 15, 1848 June 27, 1929) was a French born Argentine writer, literary critic, historian, and librarian. He was born in Toulouse to Catherine Deval and Pierre Groussac, the scion of an old Languedocian family. As a… …   Wikipedia

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