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Meaning & Definition of Caustic in English

English

Caustic

/kɑstɪk/

noun

1. Any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue

    synonym:
  • caustic

adjective

1. Harsh or corrosive in tone

  • "An acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"
  • "A barrage of acid comments"
  • "Her acrid remarks make her many enemies"
  • "Bitter words"
  • "Blistering criticism"
  • "Caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"
  • "A sulfurous denunciation"
  • "A vitriolic critique"
    synonym:
  • acerb
  • ,
  • acerbic
  • ,
  • acid
  • ,
  • acrid
  • ,
  • bitter
  • ,
  • blistering
  • ,
  • caustic
  • ,
  • sulfurous
  • ,
  • sulphurous
  • ,
  • virulent
  • ,
  • vitriolic

2. Of a substance, especially a strong acid

  • Capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
    synonym:
  • caustic
  • ,
  • corrosive
  • ,
  • erosive
  • ,
  • vitriolic
  • ,
  • mordant