Definition of corrosive in English:



  • Tending to cause corrosion.

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

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


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