Origin of caustic
Synonyms for caustic
Related Words for causticabrasive, acerbic, pungent, biting, mordant, acid, pithy, scathing, incisive, trenchant, satiric, sharp, bitter, harsh, keen, astringent, tart, corroding, rough, cutting
Examples from the Web for caustic
Contemporary Examples of caustic
Why do you think that until know you have been cast as the caustic wife in other pieces?‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch'
March 27, 2014
Her father left his entire £2 million fortune to his brother, explaining his decision in a caustic rider to his will.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
When his companion reacts to his confession with a caustic joke, he says, confused, “So it makes a difference does it?”The Laboratory of Real Life in Caryl Churchill’s “Love and Information”
February 21, 2014
Perhaps the most caustic anti-Republican riff came from Al Gore.Please Don’t Compare House Republicans to Iran or Syria, OK?
October 1, 2013
And she does it all with caustic wit and some less-than-charming winking.Lucille Bluth’s Best Mothering Moments in ‘Arrested Development’ (VIDEO)
May 12, 2013
Historical Examples of caustic
It is--but the mention of her name is a caustic to the wounds of her heart.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox
Sir Rowland flushed under that mocking glance and caustic tone.Mistress Wilding
It also gives off ammonia, when treated with caustic potash.
The strong bases, like lye and caustic soda, are also called alkalies.Common Science
Carleton W. Washburne
Tonic, irritant, and caustic; dose internally, one to two drachms.Cattle and Their Diseases
Word Origin for caustic
c.1400, "burning, corrosive," from Latin causticus "burning, caustic," from Greek kaustikos "capable of burning; corrosive," from kaustos "combustible; burnt," verbal adjective from kaiein, the Greek word for "to burn" (transitive and intransitive) in all periods, of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Greek. Figurative sense of "sarcastic" is attested from 1771. As a noun, early 15c., from the adjective.