corrosive

adjective

cor·​ro·​sive kə-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce corrosive (audio)
-ziv
1
: tending or having the power to corrode
corrosive acids
corrosive action
the corrosive effects of alcoholism
2
: bitingly sarcastic
corrosive satire
corrosive noun
corrosively adverb
corrosiveness noun

Example Sentences

She argues that racism is dangerous and corrosive to society. a corrosive satire on the fashion industry and its movers and shakers
Recent Examples on the Web Saltwater is far more corrosive to metal and rubber parts. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2022 The report notes that salt can be highly corrosive to a building’s structural materials. cleveland, 29 Oct. 2022 Using a biodegradable, non-corrosive pipe cleaner once a month can help keep the bathroom sink drain clean. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Sep. 2022 Their central contention is that contemporary American culture is actively corrosive to Catholic teaching, practice and virtue. Andrea Picciotti-bayer, WSJ, 22 Sep. 2022 Both extremes are incredibly corrosive to IT business growth. Steve Taplin, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Crime is having a corrosive effect on Chicago, where McDonald’s is working to bring corporate employees back to its headquarters after the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr. Kempczinski said during a keynote speech Wednesday at the Economic Club of Chicago. Heather Haddon, WSJ, 14 Sep. 2022 Wealthy families, by comparison, who have borrowed heavily for their homes, investments and business ventures may pay back the loans with cheaper money due to the corrosive effects of inflation. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 24 July 2022 The water became contaminated in 2014-15 because water pulled from the river wasn't treated to reduce the corrosive effect on lead pipes. CBS News, 11 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English corrosif, borrowed from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin corrōsīvus, from Latin corrōsus, past participle of corrōdere "to gnaw, corrode" + -īvus -ive

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of corrosive was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near corrosive

Cite this Entry

“Corrosive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corrosive. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

corrosive

adjective

cor·​ro·​sive kə-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce corrosive (audio)
-ziv
: tending or having the power to corrode
corrosive acids
corrosive noun
corrosively adverb
corrosiveness noun

Medical Definition

corrosive 1 of 2

adjective

cor·​ro·​sive -ˈrō-siv, -ziv How to pronounce corrosive (audio)
: tending or having the power to corrode
corrosive acids
a corrosive gas
corrosiveness noun

corrosive

2 of 2

noun

: a substance that corrodes : caustic

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