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mordant -- as in: mordant satire
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  • The clinging, overpowering conviction of death spread steadily with the continuing rainfall, soaking mordantly into each man’s ailing countenance like the corrosive blot of some crawling disease.

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  • Nor did I write letters or indite in my notebook any of those gnomic lines—ranging from the mordant to the apocalyptic and aping in style the worst of both Cyril Connolly and Andre Gideby which I strove to maintain a subsidiary career as diarist.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Moord: mortality, mordant, morbid, murder.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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