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Word: mordant

Definition: biting; sarcastic; stinging; (apprec.) incisive; cutting; Ex. mordant pen/wit


Sentences Containing 'mordant'

A mordant is a liquid for making a dye bond to a material. The term is also used to refer to mixed acid compounds used in metalworking processes, especially etching.
For example, with alum and oxalic acid as a mordant and logwood as a dye, blue is obtained; but with a mordant of ferric sulphate and a dye of logwood, blacks and grays result.
However, after the failure in 1755 of Lord Chesterfield to provide financial support for Johnson's "Dictionary", Johnson included a mordant definition of "patron" in the "Dictionary" (""Patron": Commonly a wretch who supports with insolence, and is paid with flattery") and revised line 160 to reflect his disillusionment: There mark what Ills the Scholar's Life assail,Toil, Envy, Want, the Patron, and the Jail.
Meen’s song topics are varied and are usually quite mordant and sometimes critical of the political climate in Lebanon.
Moreover, since the color acquired depends upon the mordant as well as upon the dye, it is often possible to obtain a wide range of colors by varying the mordant used, the dye remaining the same.
The color which is fixed on the fabric as a result of chemical action between mordant and dye is frequently very different from that of the dye itself.
Though nature had endowed Camilo with a poetic temperament, his verses are considered to be mediocre, while his best plays are cast in bold lines and contain powerfully dramatic situations, and his comedies are a triumph of the grotesque, with a mordant tone reminiscent of the work of Gil Vicente.

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