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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having the capability or tendency to cause corrosion: a corrosive acid.
  • adj. Gradually destructive; steadily harmful: corrosive anxiety; corrosive increases in prices; a corrosive narcotics trade.
  • adj. Spitefully sarcastic: corrosive criticism; corrosive wit.
  • n. A substance having the capability or tendency to cause corrosion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, hanging, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as the corrosive action of an acid.
  • adj. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
  • adj. destroying or undermining something gradually
  • n. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.
  • n. Any solid, liquid or gas capable of irreparably harming living tissues or damaging material on contact.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, changing, or destroying the texture or substance of a body.
  • adj. Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
  • n. That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.
  • n. That which has the power of fretting or irritating.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Literally, eating or gnawing; hence, destroying as if by gnawing away; wearing away or disintegrating by separating small parts or particles, especially under chemical action, as of acids: often used figuratively of immaterial agents, as care, time, etc., absolutely or with of.
  • n. Anything that corrodes, especially a chemical agent, as an acid; anything that wears away or disintegrates; figuratively, anything that has an analogous influence upon the mind or feelings.
  • To corrode.
  • To act by corrosion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. spitefully sarcastic
  • n. a substance having the tendency to cause corrosion (such a strong acids or alkali)
  • adj. of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

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