Definition of corrosive in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈrəʊsɪv/


Tending to cause corrosion: the corrosive effects of salt water
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  • Casein reportedly counters the effect of corrosive plaque acid from sugary foods and puts a protective film on teeth.
  • The stomach lining is tough and handles acid well, but the acid has a corrosive effect on the lining of the esophagus, which is delicate and thin.
  • Increasingly, this tidal wave seems to have had a more subtle and corrosive effect on coverage.
caustic, corroding, eroding, erosive, abrasive, biting, mordant, burning, stinging;
acid, alkali;
destructive, damaging, harmful, harsh, environmentally unfriendly


A corrosive substance.
Example sentences
  • That is an enormous range of substances and, as has already been pointed out, it includes explosives, corrosives, oxidising agents, reducing agents, caustic agents, and acidic agents - the works.
  • We show them the many things that can be recycled here, ranging from car batteries and waste medicine to household corrosives as well as plastic, cardboard and paint.
  • That would include corrosives used mainly for metalworking and some agricultural applications and flammables.



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  • A director famed for creating self-consciously radical, wildly unconventional, corrosively satirical, and savagely violent works could do worse then take on board an actor who personifies those traits in his everyday life.
  • Bloom's fame arose from the way he corrosively attacked universities for failing to open students' minds by exposing them to the philosophic quest for understanding that enriches the human spirit.
  • Indecision corrosively blights a community and our residents deserve better.


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  • A nuisance associated with hydrogen sulfide includes its corrosiveness to metals such as iron, steel, copper and brass.
  • He slouches with disappointment and straightens with hope, matching Terri's corrosiveness with his own brand of compassion and burrowing into the female enclave of Terri's home with both tenderness and tenacity.
  • Disadvantages include storage, corrosiveness, and fuel waste due to ‘crossover’ in the fuel-cell membrane.


Late Middle English: from Old French corosif, -ive, from medieval Latin corrosivus, from Latin corros- 'gnawed through', from the verb corrodere (see corrode).

Words that rhyme with corrosive

explosive, implosive, plosive

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