mordant mordant  /ˈmɔr dənt/


  1. (n) a substance used to treat leather or other materials before dyeing; aids in dyeing process
  2. (adj) harshly ironic or sinister
  3. (adj) of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action


  1. Later came Put Out More Flags, a hilariously mordant comedy about Britain's Wrorld War II bureaucrats and racketeers.
  2. Because of The Americans, Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander, virtuosos of the mordant and off-kilter, could take pictures the way they did--and we could understand them.
  3. For a good part of the film, when the two embrace in a free fall of souls one doomed, the other imperiled you may think you're in the grip of a mordant masterpiece.


  • 5 Reasons Why 'Ray Donovan' Could Be A Game-Changer For CBS-Owned Showtime

    Showtime's new drama series Ray Donovan, about a professional fixer in Los Angeles who comes from a complicated South Boston family of boxers and the misbegotten, starts Sunday at 10 p.m. Liev Schreiber stars as Ray and the cast includes heavyweights like Jon Voight, Elliott Gould and James Woods. The show possesses a noirish tone and a mordant wit, and episodes are directed by the likes of ...
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Forbes

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  1. "I think it was David's sort of mordant take on what is funny and what isn't," Burns said of the episode, "and that you can make death a subject and wring a lot of humor out of it. I mean, a lot. As people say, it's the funniest episode we...
    on Nov 12, 2009 By: Allan Burns Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "It's not unbelievable that people would still enjoy the show and remember it with great fondness," Foray says, this time in her own voice. "It was so beautifully written. There's a mordant wit and sophistication and tongue in cheek in every...
    on Nov 19, 2009 By: June Foray Source: Dallas Morning News

  3. "Simon Mordant is a very perceptive and generous collector who enjoys or who has a very close relationship with the artists he collects because of the depth of his engagement with the work," said Anna Schwartz, who has been selling him art for...
    on May 4, 2010 By: Anna J Schwartz Source: Sydney Morning Herald

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