Origin of caustic
Examples from the Web for causticity
The one represented the strength and goodness of the people, the other its turbulence and causticity.
I know it will be all sense for the church, and all causticity for schism.Shirley|Charlotte Bront
"Well, I suppose we must pity his errors," observed Miss Patty, with some causticity.That Unfortunate Marriage, Vol. 1(of 3)|Frances Eleanor Trollope
He now knew to what the causticity of alkalies is owing, and how to induce it, or remove it, at pleasure.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 2 (of 2)|John Ayrton Paris
But I am very far from thinking that the causticity of quick-lime is at all owing to this circumstance.Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air|Joseph Priestley
British Dictionary definitions for causticity
Word Origin for caustic
Word Origin and History for causticity
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.