- 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
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- (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 corrosivity
late 14c., from Old French corrosif (13c.), from corroder (see corrode).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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