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

1350–1400; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, equivalent to Latin corrōs(us) (see corrosion) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English corosif < Middle French < Latin as above
Related formscor·ro·sive·ly, adverbcor·ro·sive·ness, cor·ro·siv·i·ty [kawr-oh-siv-i-tee, kor-] /ˌkɔr oʊˈsɪv ɪ ti, ˌkɒr-/, nounnon·cor·ro·sive, adjectivenon·cor·ro·sive·ly, adverbnon·cor·ro·sive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corrosiveness

Historical Examples of corrosiveness

  • Was he not strong enough to defy the corrosiveness of a mean, vulgar atmosphere?

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • And quantity of quality is exactly the thing that cannot brook the corrosiveness of powerful stimulants.

    The Joyful Heart

    Robert Haven Schauffler

British Dictionary definitions for corrosiveness



(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
Derived Formscorrosively, adverbcorrosiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for corrosiveness



late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

corrosiveness in Medicine




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.
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