Adjective "Caustic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action.
  1. 'Never use caustic household chemicals to clean your leather items.'
  2. 'The caustic burn was treated successfully, and the patient eventually achieved good vision after uncomplicated cataract surgery.'
  3. 'Lye is hazardous, very caustic, and will burn skin.'
  4. 'This pollutant can be absorbed by both your lungs and your skin and result in caustic burns, kidney and liver damage and hyperactivity.'
  5. 'It is also the opposite of baking and washing soda; it is acidic and therefore neutralizes alkaline or caustic substances.'
  6. 'Sodium hydroxide is a caustic type of chemical that actually softens hair fibers.'
  7. 'When these materials burn, they release dense smoke and toxic fumes, such as hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide, which are caustic to skin and eyes and can be lethal if inhaled.'
  8. 'The list includes sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide, caustic chemicals that will rip the skin off your fingers and the lining from the throat.'
  9. 'Regeneration of this resin is by a caustic brine solution.'
  10. 'Now you can use anti-freeze or salts to lower the melting point, but you can only go so far with that and still allow life to exist, otherwise the chemicals become too caustic.'
Sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way.
  1. 'As Ireland missed three times from the penalty spot and Spain took advantage, the first caustic comment on the team's performance came from former local soccer star Tom Lambert.'
  2. 'He is equally caustic about Western art historians and critics.'
  3. 'I am continually surprised by Sharon's creativity even if it is currently directed towards caustic but witty sarcasm.'
  4. 'This awareness lends even the most caustic social commentary additional gravity, or sadness.'
  5. 'Her caustic, waspish comments on the other housemates were biting and bitchy, but always spot on.'
  6. 'It's more irreverent, sarcastic, and caustic than what I'm used to hearing from Army officer wives I knew - and female Army officers in dual-military couples.'
  7. 'The pattern of caustic complaints and sarcastic responses slowly gave way to a new pattern of care toward one another.'
  8. 'The show is a delightful, gin-soaked celebration of the work of Dorothy Parker, legendary American critic, columnist and queen of caustic wit.'
  9. 'Revered by many of today's generation of poets, Stephens was generally considered a spoken word pioneer, not to mention an often caustic literary critic for the Mirror.'
  10. 'Joel had to bite back the caustic remark that burned on the tip of his tongue.'
Formed by the intersection of reflected or refracted parallel rays from a curved surface.
  1. 'The lower right has a metal ring with a caustic reflection.'
  2. 'He also investigated caustic curves and in particular he studied these associated curves of the parabola, the logarithmic spiral and epicycloids around 1692.'


A caustic substance.
  1. 'Production is potentially dangerous, as you need to heat volatile methanol with caustics.'
  2. 'Aughinish jetty receives ore, oil and caustic and exports the finished aluminium oxide.'
A caustic surface or curve.
  1. 'The caustic of the tricuspoid, where the rays are parallel and in any direction, is an astroid.'
  2. 'However with ray tracing, shadow mapping, radiosity, and caustics, an algorithm to compute light reflected from curved or transparent surfaces, it is easy to create multi-layered soft lights and shadows in LightWave.'


1. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue.

2. severely critical or sarcastic: a caustic remark. noun

3. a caustic substance.

4. Optics. caustic curve. caustic surface.

More examples(as adjective)

"elites can be caustic in contempts."

"sodas can be caustic."

"cleaners can be caustic."

"prices can be caustic."

"losses can be caustic."

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Late Middle English: via Latin from Greek kaustikos, from kaustos ‘combustible’, from kaiein ‘to burn’.