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Definition 1: any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue - [noun denoting substance]

(caustic is a kind of ...) (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight

(... is a kind of caustic ) a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide

(... is a kind of caustic ) a nitrate used in making photographic emulsions; also used in medicine as a cautery and as a topical antibacterial agent

Definition 2: of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for caustic in the sense of this definition

(caustic is similar to ...) causing destruction or much damage

"a policy that is destructive to the economy" "destructive criticism"

Definition 3: harsh or corrosive in tone - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where caustic or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for caustic in the sense of this definition

(caustic is similar to ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

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