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adjective as in sarcastic

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Remove the fabric from the mordant and place it in the dye bath.

This is your mordant liquid, which removes finishing chemicals from your fabric and makes the dye adhere better to the cloth.

Yet, it fit so well with the mordant tenor of the game that I felt no compulsion to try to better Curdin’s fate.

More than anything else he is cheery—mordant and ironic at times, but undauntedly optimistic.

Such seemingly effortless—and mordant—improvisation can be a marvel to behold.

Mischievous, more bite than bark in the sense that it was mordant with minimal rhetoric, Heaney was not genteel.

"Mordant" is the word I think I want to describe his conversation.

I like that the emotional lives of women are tinged with a kind of mordant humor for the most part.

In some cases the mordant is added to the dye liquid; in others the material is previously treated with it before being colored.

Lime is sometimes used as a mordant but the straws are usually first treated with kolis leaves.

The king sent him back the picture, mordant epigrams appeared in the journals, and Reynolds scoffed at him in his Discourses.

His mordant reply to the questioning pay-clerk was: "Yes, I am a mason."

The first act seemed gay and lively, with a sort of mordant raillery in it with which the audience was unfamiliar.


On this page you'll find 53 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to mordant, such as: acerbic, biting, caustic, sardonic, scathing, and acid.

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