- having the quality of corroding or eating away; erosive.
- harmful or destructive; deleterious: the corrosive effect of poverty on their marriage.
- sharply sarcastic; caustic: corrosive comments on the speaker's integrity.
- something corrosive, as an acid or drug.
Origin of corrosive
Examples from the Web for corrosive
Such was the corrosive paranoia of the time, fueled by McCarthy and abetted by Hoover.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
The road salt makes a mushy, corrosive paste that is flung universally about the under-and over-sides of every vehicle.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
Mr. President, you can speak out and help us confront this corrosive element, but time is running out.Dear Obama, the Time for Presidential Leadership on Race Is Now
April 28, 2014
This, surely, has had a corrosive effect on Tejpal and his self-image.The Fall of India’s Conscience
November 25, 2013
But the corrosive effects of both polarization and legal corruption were nothing compared to today.Hillary 2016 Brings Back Boomer Clinton Rage
August 14, 2013
And send the story of the Steel-Blues' corrosive acid to it.Acid Bath
Hers, if she ever had it, had been drenched in as ugly a lot of corrosive liquid as could be imagined.Chance
The taste of it came on his lips, nauseating and corrosive like some kinds of poison.Victory
But his humour is bitter as gall, and corrosive as sulphuric acid.Maxim Gorki
The chloride is very poisonous, and is known as corrosive sublimate.The Wonder Island Boys: The Tribesmen
- (esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
- tending to eat away or consume
- cutting; sarcastica corrosive remark
- a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
Word Origin and History for corrosive
late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).
- Causing or tending to cause the gradual destruction of a substance by chemical action.
- A substance having the capability or tendency to cause slow destruction.