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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. capable of wounding;
- Example: "a barbed compliment"
- Example: "a biting aphorism"
- Example: "pungent satire"
[syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious]

2. biting or given to biting;
- Example: "they deliberately gave me a skittish and mordacious mount"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mordacious \Mor*da"cious\, a. [L. mordax, -acis, fr. mordere, morsum, to bite. See Morsel.] Biting; given to biting; hence, figuratively, sarcastic; severe; scathing. -- Mor*da"cious*ly, adv. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mordacious adj 1: capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire" [syn: barbed, biting, nipping, pungent, mordacious] 2: biting or given to biting; "they deliberately gave me a skittish and mordacious mount"