Definition of corrosive in English:



  • Tending to cause corrosion.

    ‘the corrosive effects of salt water’
    • ‘At moderate temperatures, it resists attack by oxygen, most acids, chlorine, and other corrosive agents.’
    • ‘In addition, the organic components of adjacent threads, particularly wool, can act as a source of corrosive reagents.’
    • ‘Citric acid is relatively non-toxic and much less corrosive than hydrochloric and sulphamic acids.’
    • ‘His policy of managing expectations has had its predictable, corrosive effect.’
    • ‘Even those who feared its corrosive effects on private and public morality found themselves having to concede its associated virtues as well as vices.’
    • ‘As a result, the push to e-commerce had a corrosive effect on the company's promotional and service efforts.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is partly because of the increasing recognition of the undemocratic and corrosive effects of secrecy.’
    • ‘Tests were carried out on the effects of corrosive chemicals used at home and work on the skin.’
    • ‘Casein reportedly counters the effect of corrosive plaque acid from sugary foods and puts a protective film on teeth.’
    • ‘Acid rain and rain that mixes with corrosive bird droppings also tend to do more damage.’
    • ‘Increasingly, this tidal wave seems to have had a more subtle and corrosive effect on coverage.’
    • ‘Business leaders are finally starting to take note, as a whole range of corrosive emotions begin to erode productivity.’
    • ‘The wood chips are placed in the digester and are cooked in a highly corrosive alkaline solution.’
    • ‘And what kind of corrosive effect does that have on politics generally?’
    • ‘But sentiment is a bad barrier against the corrosive effects of our culture.’
    • ‘In some places the stone is pocked and scarred by the corrosive effects of black sulphates.’
    • ‘The spider manages to make its fiber at body temperature, without high pressures, heat, or corrosive acids.’
    • ‘And I know that landfills emit major amounts of hydrogen chloride, a highly corrosive acid.’
    • ‘Soft mechanical noises were the only warning as valves opened pressurized tanks of corrosive acid.’
    caustic, corroding, eroding, erosive, abrasive, biting, mordant, burning, stinging
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  • A corrosive substance.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And money, he thought, was the great corrosive, the great acid that ate away at communities and social relationships.’
    • ‘Money is a balm that eases people's shame, and a corrosive that erodes the bonds of tribalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That would include corrosives used mainly for metalworking and some agricultural applications and flammables.’


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