mordant / trenchant

mordant / trenchant
   Mordant is bitingly sarcastic: Everyone hated Raymond's mordant comments.
   Trenchant means "forceful and keen": Raymond received trenchant criticism from everyone for his comments.

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  • trenchant — *incisive, clear cut, cutting, biting, crisp Analogous words: piercing, penetrating, probing (see ENTER): *sharp, keen, acute: *sarcastic, satiric, ironic, sardonic: *caustic, mordant, acrid, scathing: poignant, *pungent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • trenchant — [adj] sarcastic, scathing acerbic, acid, acidulous, acute, astringent, biting, caustic, clear, clear cut, crisp, critical, crushing, cutting, distinct, driving, dynamic, effective, effectual, emphatic, energetic, explicit, forceful, forcible,… …   New thesaurus

  • mordant — index astringent, bitter (penetrating), harsh, incisive, mordacious, severe, trenchant Burton s Legal Th …   Law dictionary

  • mordant — *caustic, acrid, scathing Analogous words: *incisive, trenchant, cutting, biting, clear cut, crisp: *pungent, poignant, piquant, racy, spicy, snappy: *sharp, keen, acute …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • trenchant — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. cutting, incisive, penetrating; thoroughgoing; clear cut, keen, sharp, biting, crisp; energetic. See power, feeling. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Having a cutting edge] Syn. cutting, incisive, keen,… …   English dictionary for students

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  • mordant — adjective a mordant sense of humor Syn: caustic, trenchant, biting, cutting, acerbic, sardonic, sarcastic, scathing, acid, sharp, keen; critical, bitter, virulent, vitriolic …   Thesaurus of popular words

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