mordant

Part of speech: adjective

Biting; pungent; fixing.

Part of speech: noun

A substance for fixing dye.

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Usage examples "mordant":

  1. The stories of his mordant wit are endless, but an Oxford man can scarcely hope to narrate them with proper accuracy. - "Collections and Recollections", George William Erskine Russell.
  2. They dipped the cloth first into a liquid of one colour, called a mordant, to prepare it, and then into a liquid of a second colour; and it came out dyed of a third colour, unlike either of the former. - "History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 11 (of 12)", S. Rappoport.
  3. The exceeding tumult of his spirit enhanced the effect of this mordant personality. - "Shadows of the Stage", William Winter.