Word Of The Day 5-10-2017

mordacious

mor·da·cious 
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Definition

Biting, causing a physical bite or sting; corrosive

sharp or caustic in style or tone.

Prone to biting, aggressive (of an animal etc.).

Sharp in intent, sarcastic


Examples

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


Origin

The word ‘mordacious’ comes from Latin ‘mordax’ (“given to biting, corrosive”) + -ious.


https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mordacious

http://www.wordnik.com/words/mordacious

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