Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Given to biting; biting.
  • adjective Caustic; sarcastic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Biting; given to biting.
  • Acrid; violent in action.
  • Sarcastic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Biting; given to biting; hence, figuratively, sarcastic; severe; scathing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Biting, causing a physical bite or sting; corrosive
  • adjective sharp or caustic in style or tone.
  • adjective Prone to biting, aggressive (of an animal etc.).
  • adjective Sharp in intent, sarcastic

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective capable of wounding
  • adjective biting or given to biting

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin mordāx, mordāc- (from mordēre, to bite; see mer- in Indo-European roots) + –ious.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin mordax ("given to biting, corrosive") (from mordere ("to bite, sting")) + -ious.

Examples

  • "You must forgive the Maestra for her characteristic mordacious tone, Consejal Pejeno," Betina du Zabala of the Gremio Poetica said, smiling oddly at her great rival.

    Archive 2004-01-01

  • "You must forgive the Maestra for her characteristic mordacious tone, Consejal Pejeno," Betina du Zabala of the Gremio Poetica said, smiling oddly at her great rival.

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • But with one great and splendid virtue was he endowed in the eyes of the enemies of the House of Borgia -- contemporary, and subsequent down to our times -- a most profound, unchristian, and mordacious hatred of all

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Calvinist, vented in his writings a mordacious hatred of the Papacy and of the religion from which he had seceded.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Hard, mordacious, no man's friend ... that was the

    Wolf Breed

  • But with one great and splendid virtue was he endowed in the eyes of the enemies of the House of Borgia -- contemporary, and subsequent down to our times -- a most profound, unchristian, and mordacious hatred of all Borgias.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • This Tommaso Tommasi, whose real name was Gregorio Leti -- and it is under this that such works of his as are reprinted are published nowadays -- was a most prolific author of the seventeenth century, who, having turned Calvinist, vented in his writings a mordacious hatred of the Papacy and of the religion from which he had seceded.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Unable longer to endure the lash of his mordacious wit, Shaynon turned and left them alone on the balcony.

    The Day of Days An Extravaganza

  • his name is elijah sandalphon. i'm mordacious schadenfreude. we are going to wrestle. cage match.

    mordicai: crown me king!

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Romanians mostly are gracious,

    With smiles on their welcoming faces,

    But should it transpire

    You've met a vampire

    Then count on him turning mordacious.

    May 10, 2017