Was he not strong enough to defy the corrosiveness of a mean, vulgar atmosphere?
And quantity of quality is exactly the thing that cannot brook the corrosiveness of powerful stimulants.
late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).
corrosive cor·ro·sive (kə-rō'sĭv, -zĭv)adj. Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action. n. A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.