AskDefine | Define mordacious

Dictionary Definition

mordacious adj
1 capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent]
2 biting or given to biting; "they deliberately gave me a skittish and mordacious mount"

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English

Etymology

From Latin mordax ‘given to biting, corrosive’ + -ious.

Adjective

  1. Biting, sharp or caustic in style or tone.
  2. Biting or prone to biting (of an animal etc.).

Translations

biting, sharp or caustic in style or tone
  • Hungarian: csípős, metsző
  • Russian: язвительный, едкий
biting or prone to biting
  • Russian: кусачий
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