cor·​ro·​sive | \ kə-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce corrosive (audio) , -ziv \

Definition of corrosive

1 : tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids corrosive action the corrosive effects of alcoholism
2 : bitingly sarcastic corrosive satire

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Other Words from corrosive

corrosive noun
corrosively adverb
corrosiveness noun

Examples of corrosive in a Sentence

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 For now, many conservative groups are choosing to side with the former president, even at the risk of feeding corrosive falsehoods about the prevalence of voter fraud. New York Times, "In Restricting Early Voting, the Right Sees a New ‘Center of Gravity’," 19 Mar. 2021 There are five categories of cleaning agents: surfactants, weak corrosive agents like vinegar, oxidizers, enzymatic cleaners, and solvents. Dan Seitz, Popular Science, "Master odor removal with a little help from science," 10 Mar. 2021 But others have argued that fiction is mentally and ethically corrosive. Globe Staff,, "Boston insurance-tech startup Corvus to double workforce with $100 million investment," 10 Mar. 2021 Khaite FW21 displays the fashion elite’s blasé attitude toward corrosive political reality. Armond White, National Review, "Khaite FW21 — Sean Baker’s Fashion Week Faux Pas," 10 Mar. 2021 This leads to a corrosive distrust of elite institutions. James Mcelroy, Washington Examiner, "The best analysis of 2021 is a book from 2014," 4 Mar. 2021 Politics costs money everywhere, but the link between cash and power is especially corrosive in Nigeria and across much of Africa. The Economist, "Big men, big money How to make African politics less costly," 27 Feb. 2021 Experts still point to the corrosive effects of Trump’s political style. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The dangers of Trump’s last stand," 11 Nov. 2020 Biden, like many of his fellow Democrats, was enraged by the Trump presidency and fearful about the corrosive effects of four more years of extraordinary divisiveness. Katie Glueck And Thomas Kaplan New York Times, Star Tribune, "Biden's moment: An empathetic leader in time of division," 7 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of corrosive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corrosive

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

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5 Apr 2021

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“Corrosive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of corrosive

: causing damage to metal or other materials through a chemical process
: causing someone or something to become weak and damaged


cor·​ro·​sive | \ kə-ˈrō-siv How to pronounce corrosive (audio) , -ziv \

Kids Definition of corrosive

: tending or able to destroy, weaken, or wear away little by little corrosive substances


cor·​ro·​sive | \ -ˈrō-siv, -ziv How to pronounce corrosive (audio) \

Medical Definition of corrosive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tending or having the power to corrode corrosive acids a corrosive gas

Other Words from corrosive

corrosiveness noun



Medical Definition of corrosive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a substance that corrodes : caustic

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