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.
- cor·ro·sive·ly, adverb
- cor·ro·sive·ness, cor·ro·siv·i·ty [kawr-oh-siv-i-tee, kor-], /ˌkɔr oʊˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒr-/, noun
- non·cor·ro·sive, adjective
- non·cor·ro·sive·ly, adverb
- non·cor·ro·sive·ness, noun
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How to use corrosive in a sentence
Clearly, we need far stronger protections that address the corrosive effects on society of this kind of technology.Uncontrolled AI Can Endanger People’s Lives. We Must Enforce Stronger Safeguards | Kate Crawford | August 11, 2021 | Time
In the US, this attitude has been corrosive to support for government funding of important high-tech industries like chip fabrication, which, as Jeremy Hsu writes, is one reason America is racing to catch up to manufacturers overseas.
Those kinds of antics, those kinds of threats, they’re really corrosive.Companies Condemn Georgia's Restrictive Voting Law Amid Pressure Campaign From Advocates | Madeleine Carlisle | April 2, 2021 | TIme
We need to worry about Q because the long-term effect is corrosive to democratic values.
Concerns over privacy and the corrosive effects of social media on politics have made it beneficial for politicians around the world to go after Big Tech.Australia wants Facebook and Google to pay for news on their sites. Other countries think it’s a good idea too | Gerrit De Vynck | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Such was the corrosive paranoia of the time, fueled by McCarthy and abetted by Hoover.
The road salt makes a mushy, corrosive paste that is flung universally about the under-and over-sides of every vehicle.
But there is also something potentially more corrosive happening.Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Acceptable Blackness’ and the Myth of a Post-Racial Hollywood | Rawiya Kameir | May 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Ron Christie | April 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This, surely, has had a corrosive effect on Tejpal and his self-image.
They exert a caustic or corrosive action on animal and vegetable substances.
Number Three was insulated against a frigid but relatively non-corrosive atmosphere.Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
It dissolves mercury, and with it forms corrosive sublimate.
Many corrosive preparations are recommended for the cure of this disease, but I have decided objections to one and all of them.A Treatise on Sheep: | Ambrose Blacklock
This liquor is very corrosive, and tinges animal substances of a blackish brown colour.
British Dictionary definitions for corrosive
(esp of acids or alkalis) capable of destroying solid materials
tending to eat away or consume
cutting; sarcastic: a corrosive remark
a corrosive substance, such as a strong acid or alkali
- corrosively, adverb
- corrosiveness, noun
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