Surpassed only by the mordant wit

The judge’s keen eye for sussing out the pretension of the lawyers in her courtroom was surpassed only by the mordant wit with which she castigated them for it.

Can anyone explain what does the sentence mean with relation to the bold part?

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In a nutshell, the lawyers are very good at deceiving the judge in her courtroom but she knows all their tricks and punishes them for their evil behaviour.

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Thanks Torsten. But what is the meaning of surpassed by the mordant wit?

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Which of the words do you not understand?

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@ Torsten. I understood the sense of the sentence. But, mordant wit, surpassed by these words are troubling me.

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It means that the Judge’s mordant wit is stronger than the lawyers’ pretense.

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Now, I got. Thanks Torsten.

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The judge’s ability to see through lawyers’ tricks was nothing in comparison with the cunning way in which she punished them for such behaviour.

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