What does mordacious mean?

Definitions for mordaciousmɔrˈdeɪ ʃəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious(adj)

    capable of wounding

    "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"

  2. mordacious(adj)

    biting or given to biting

    "they deliberately gave me a skittish and mordacious mount"


  1. mordacious(Adjective)

    Biting, causing a physical bite or sting; corrosive

  2. mordacious(Adjective)

    sharp or caustic in style or tone.

  3. mordacious(Adjective)

    Prone to biting, aggressive (of an animal etc.).

  4. mordacious(Adjective)

    Sharp in intent, sarcastic

  5. Origin: From mordax (from mordere ) + -ious.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mordacious(adj)

    biting; given to biting; hence, figuratively, sarcastic; severe; scathing

  2. Origin: [L. mordax, -acis, fr. mordere, morsum, to bite. See Morsel.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mordacious

    mor-dā′shus, adj. given to biting: biting: (fig.) sarcastic: severe.—adv. Mordā′ciously.—n. Mordac′ity, quality of being mordacious: biting severity.—adj. Mor′dant, biting, sarcastic, severe: serving to fix colours.—n. any substance, as alum, used to give permanency or brilliancy to dyes: a glutinous size as a ground for gilding, matter to make gold-leaf adhere: any corrosive liquid by which the biting in etching is effected.—v.t. to treat with a mordant.—adv. Mor′dantly.—ns. Mor′dicancy, Mordicā′tion. [Fr.,—L. mordax, mordacismordēre, to bite.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mordacious in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mordacious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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Translations for mordacious

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • mordaz, mordedorSpanish
  • csípős, metszőHungarian
  • scherp, bitter, bijtgraag, bijtend, sarcastischDutch
  • едкий, кусачий, язвительныйRussian

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