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mordācĭtas , ātis, f. mordax,
I.the power of biting or stinging, mordacity (post-Aug.): “urticarum foliis inest aculeata mordacitas,Plin. 21, 15, 54, § 91: “vinosa,sharp, like sour wine, id. 21, 18, 72, § 120.— Transf., snappishness, biting severity in language, Cassiod. Hist. Eccl. 1, 12.
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