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caustic

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Definition of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

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of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
  • Don't get it on your skin. It's caustic.
caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
  • Be careful. The chemical is caustic.
  • caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
  • She has a caustic sense of humor.
  • Caustic soda liberates heat when mixed with water.
  • It's probably better that we don't talk. It usually gets caustic when we do.
  • caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics
  • You can do all manner of underhanded nice things when you have a caustic reputation.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • caustic = sarcastic, critical, or harsh
  • "How now!" said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever. "What do you want with me?"
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • caustic = critical or harsh
  • some kind of caustic medicine splashed all over him;
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • caustic = harsh feeling (burning or corrosive)
  • Her new clothes were the subject of caustic comment.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • caustic = sarcastic or critical
  • "Do you?" asks Prim caustically.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • caustically = sarcastically
  • 'You don't happen to know any good of him, do you?' said Mr. Grimwig, caustically;
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • caustically = sarcastically or critically
  • "Oh," Beatrice said caustically, "the one you went chasing when you shoulda been minding your own business."
    Carl Hiassen  --  Hoot
  • caustically = sarcastically or critically
  • "Yes, it's a disgrace," agrees the caustic, some-what original, and entirely imposing lady who presides over this "But the stamps work, don't they?"
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • caustic = sarcastic, critical, or harsh
  • Mr. Justice Wargrave, mellowed by the excellent port, was being amusing in a caustic fashion, Dr. Armstrong and Tony Marston were listening to him.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • caustic = sarcastic
  • On Rack 10 rows of next generation's chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead, caustic soda, tar, chlorine.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • caustic = of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid
  • said Scrooge, caustic and cold as ever.
    Dickens, Charles  --  A Christmas Carol
  • Her new clothes were the subject of caustic comment.
    Cather, Willa  --  My Antonia
  • I am very amiable and have a caustic wit
    Tolstoy, Leo  --  War and Peace
  • Dawes stared up at the picture with a caustic expression on his face.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers

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