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English adjective: mordant

1. mordant harshly ironic or sinister

SamplesBlack humor.
A grim joke.
Grim laughter.
Fun ranging from slapstick clowning ... to savage mordant wit.

Synonymsblack, grim



2. mordant of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

Synonymscaustic, corrosive, erosive, vitriolic



English noun: mordant

1. mordant (substance) a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process

Broader (hypernym)color, coloring material, colour, colouring material

Narrower (hyponym)antimony potassium tartrate, chrome alum, sodium bichromate, sodium dichromate, tartar emetic

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