Caustic vs. Corrosive

Caustic vs. Corrosive — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Caustic and Corrosive

Causticadjective

Capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action.

Corrosiveadjective

Having the capability or tendency to cause corrosion

a corrosive acid.

Causticadjective

Sarcastic or cutting; biting

“The caustic jokes ... deal with such diverse matters as political assassination, talk-show hosts, medical ethics” (Frank Rich).

Corrosiveadjective

Gradually destructive; steadily harmful

corrosive anxiety.corrosive increases in prices.a corrosive narcotics trade.

Causticadjective

Given to making caustic remarks

a caustic TV commentator.

Corrosiveadjective

Spitefully sarcastic

corrosive criticism.corrosive wit.

Causticnoun

A caustic material or substance.

Corrosivenoun

A substance having the capability or tendency to cause corrosion.

Causticnoun

A hydroxide of a light metal.

Corrosiveadjective

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.

Causticnoun

The enveloping pattern formed by light rays reflecting or refracting from a curved surface.

Corrosiveadjective

Having the quality of fretting or vexing.

Causticadjective

Capable of burning, corroding or destroying organic tissue.

Corrosiveadjective

destroying or undermining something gradually

Causticadjective

(of language, etc.) Sharp, bitter, cutting, biting, and sarcastic in a scathing way.

Corrosivenoun

That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.

Causticnoun

Any substance or means which, applied to animal or other organic tissue, burns, corrodes, or destroys it by chemical action; an escharotic.

Corrosivenoun

Any solid, liquid or gas capable of irreparably harming living tissues or damaging material on contact.

Causticnoun

The envelope of reflected or refracted rays of light for a given surface or object.

Corrosivenoun

a substance having the tendency to cause corrosion (such a strong acids or alkali)

Causticnoun

(mathematics) The envelope of reflected or refracted rays for a given curve.

Corrosiveadjective

of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action

Causticnoun

Caustic soda.

Causticnoun

any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue

Causticadjective

harsh or corrosive in tone;

an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prosea barrage of acid commentsher acrid remarks make her many enemiesbitter wordsblistering criticismcaustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethicsa sulfurous denunciation

Causticadjective

of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action