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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 28th November 2021
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mordant (adjective) MOR-dant

Biting, incisive, sarcastic, scathingly critical, corrosive.

She was totally guileless, honest, with a mordant sense of humour and sardonic wit.

Michael Clynes (Paul Doherty), The Poisoned Chalice. Amazon

She stood there, timidly, full of a most mordant rage.

Margaret Drabble, Jerusalem the Golden. Amazon

His penetrating gaze raked the rows, tier by tier; a darting glance that dared you to withhold your tribute to his mordant wit.

Lloyd Douglas, Disputed Passage. Amazon

Now that Morrissey has confirmed that he won't be participating in this year's Eurovision, we may never hear his distinctive brand of mordant whimsy translated into Euro-kitsch.

Fionola Meredith, Guardian, 19 March 2007. Guardian

All that’s missing is a mordant epilogue by the master of suspense himself reassuring us with lofty comic hauteur that justice will eventually be visited upon the guilty.

Stephen Holden, The New York Times, 15 September 2006. New York Times

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