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mordacious

mordacious (mor-DAY-shuhs) - adj., given or prone to biting; caustic, sharp, corrosive, sarcastic.


Related, as I'm sure you're already aware, to mordant. Although this comes from Latin mordāx, from mordēre, to bite, in English the figurative meaning was used first, only later extended backward to the literal root sense. The most common meaning today is caustic in tone rather than physically caustic, but both are used.

He told me his new column was a bit mordacious, but I found it more of an all-out attack.

---L.
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