I adjective acerbic, acid, acrid, acrimonious, acute, biting, bitter, caustic, corrosive, cutting, harsh, incisive, knifelike, malicious, mordant, penetrating, piercing, pointed, pungent, rancorous, raw, rough, scathing, severe, sharp, slashing, spiteful, stinging, trenchant, uncharitable, unkind, virulent, vitriolic II index caustic, harsh, incisive, malignant, scathing, virulent

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  • Mordacious — Mor*da cious, a. [L. mordax, acis, fr. mordere, morsum, to bite. See {Morsel}.] Biting; given to biting; hence, figuratively, sarcastic; severe; scathing. {Mor*da cious*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mordacious — (adj.) given to biting, 1640s (originally figurative), from L. mordac , stem of mordax, from mordere to bite, perhaps from PIE root (s)mer to rub away, harm (see SMART (Cf. smart) (v.)). Related: Mordacity …   Etymology dictionary

  • mordacious — [môr dā′shəs] adj. [< L mordax (gen. mordacis), biting < base of mordere, to bite: see MORDANT & OUS] biting, sharp, acrid, or caustic mordaciously adv. mordacity [môrdas′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • mordacious — adjective 1. capable of wounding a barbed compliment a biting aphorism pungent satire • Syn: ↑barbed, ↑biting, ↑nipping, ↑pungent • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mordacious — mordaciously, adv. mordacity /mawr das i tee/, n. /mawr day sheuhs/, adj. 1. biting or given to biting. 2. sharp or caustic in style, tone, etc. [1640 50; < L mordaci (s. of mordax given to biting) + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • mordacious — adjective a) Biting, causing a physical bite or sting; corrosive b) sharp or caustic in style or tone. See Also: mordant, mordancy …   Wiktionary

  • mordacious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective So sharp as to cause mental pain: acerbic, acid, acidic, acrid, astringent, biting, caustic, corrosive, cutting, mordant, pungent, scathing, sharp, slashing, stinging, trenchant, truculent, vitriolic. See ATTACK,… …   English dictionary for students

  • mordacious — mÉ”r deɪʃəs /mɔː adj. caustic; sarcastic; tending to wound …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mordacious — [mɔ: deɪʃəs] adjective formal 1》 bitingly sarcastic or abusive. 2》 given to biting. Derivatives mordacity noun Origin C17: from L. mordax, mordac biting + ious …   English new terms dictionary

  • mordacious — a. 1. Biting. 2. Biting, pungent, stinging, cutting, sharp, mordant, acrid, mordicant. 3. Poignant, caustic, sarcastic, satirical, severe, scathing …   New dictionary of synonyms

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