Noun(1) a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
Adjective(1) harshly ironic or sinister(2) of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
(1) They were also more convenient to use because no mordant was required to set the color on wool or silk, although a mordant was still required when dyeing cotton.(2) His pessimism about human nature and emphasis on mordant criticism of failings among the clergy, however, were not typical of all humanists.(3) Though they total no more than about 35,000 words, his 12 mordant tales are little aerial masterpieces about social change, aging and divorce.(4) The book, by being both depressing and exhilarating gave mordant insight into the Edinburgh housing projects where the writer grew up.(5) Still, the film is worth watching for its mordant humour and brutally honest view of addiction.(6) The first opera was written when the composer was twenty-five, and it has all the glinting lightness and mordant irreverence that his early works display.(7) With remarkable economy, he condenses these depressing proceedings into a short, mordant drama about the ruthless crushing of a brilliant spirit.(8) Although somewhat bleak, it is a graceful affair, lovingly crafted, deeply felt, and spiked with mordant cleverness.(9) There are many - too many - first-person accounts of illness but because she doesn't seek to entertain us we are spared the improbable levity and mordant wit that have become standard.(10) He remained committed to exploring his penchant for mordant wit, the celebration of the esoteric, the glorification of all things absurd.(11) There are flashes of her old, mordant wit, but with very few exceptions, little of the lives or personalities of her protagonists is given room to come alive and breathe.(12) As a writer who is constantly described as a purveyor of mordant wit and dark humour in subjects such as death and alcoholism, you could say that stand-up was the natural stepping stone in communicating her thoughts.(13) Tense, haunted and melancholy, the composer's dark vision was only relieved by a mordant strain of humour.(14) Gold leaf is too delicate to be laid directly on the relatively rough surface of plaster and so the gold leaf is backed with thicker and more robust tin foil using an oil mordant as the adhesive.(15) Chance, luck, mobility and enterprise characterise the larger narrative as well as the individual stories in this inimitable bricolage of reflection, jokes and mordant ironies.(16) Aron had become rather mordant , and she thought it essential that he gain some cheer before the long walk home.