[ kuh-roh-siv ]
/ kəˈroʊ sɪv /
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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.
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Origin of corrosive
OTHER WORDS FROM corrosive
cor·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, adverb
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How to use corrosive in a sentence
They contain chlorine ions—atoms with a negative charge—that alter the chemistry of water and make it more corrosive when it comes in contact with materials like concrete and steel.Fish blood could hold the answer to safer de-icing solutions during snowstorms|By Monika Bleszynski/The Conversation|February 1, 2021|Popular-Science
The degree to which it becomes corrosive is in direct proportion to the number of people who say it.Why Josh Hawley is atop the list of GOP lawmakers getting backlash over the Capitol riots|Amber Phillips|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
“This idea that one’s party is allowed to pick the winner, despite evidence to the contrary, is toxic and corrosive, and that is what you saw play out on the floor of the Senate today,” he said.Pennsylvania Republicans block seating of Democratic state senator, take control from lieutenant governor|Hannah Knowles|January 6, 2021|Washington Post
“I just think that’s kind of slightly corrosive to your soul, as a human being,” Friedman added.GitHub CEO: We’re nuking all tracking ‘cookies’ and you should too|rhhackettfortune|December 17, 2020|Fortune
Voting alone does not erase the anguish and trauma of such wicked, corrosive hypocrisy.Cure for a sickening appointment|Hans Johnson|October 30, 2020|Washington Blade
British Dictionary definitions for corrosive
/ (kəˈrəʊsɪv) /
(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 forms of corrosivecorrosively, adverbcorrosiveness, noun
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