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Definition damaging or harmful — such as when describing a strong acid or bad behavior

or (more rarely):

something causing damage or harm — such as a strong acid

Much more rarely, corrosive can describe a hurtful sarcasm or personality.
  • Titanium is resistant to the corrosive effect.
corrosive = damaging (in this case through chemical reaction)
  • corrosive effect of the post-modern philosophy
  • The corrosive spray that hit his face seared into his lungs and eyes, blinding him.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • corrosive = harmful chemical
  • Aylmer snatched the metallic plate and threw it into a jar of corrosive acid.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Mosses From An Old Manse and other stories
  • The penetrating power of his mind, acting like a corrosive fluid, had destroyed his ambition...
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Amy Foster
  • The calling of a man's self to a strict account, is a medicine, sometime too piercing and corrosive.
    Bacon, Sir Francis  --  The Essays
  • Viaburi, the house-boy, brought him corrosive sublimate and water, and he took a thorough antiseptic wash.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
  • Corrosive to the soul, quite possibly.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • My mouth filled with liquid, bile and blood from biting my tongue, salty and corrosive and sweet.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Martyrdom is sublimation, corrosive sublimation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She stopped suddenly as doubt struck her with vicious and corrosive force.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • It's a corrosive gas, like fluorine, which is used to etch glass.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Mami's letters, as regular as the months themselves, were corrosive slaps in the face.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • It is sticking here in the pit of my stomach, eating into me like a corrosive acid.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Good old reliable H2SO4, an oily, colorless, corrosive liquid used in dyes, paints, explosives, and many chemical experiments.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • Disappointment was as dark and corrosive in her as the Black Thing.
    Madeleine L'Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • I imagined she would have already hosed us down with acid if she weren't worried about the long-term effects of corrosives on her larvae.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • She's responsible for plagues, sickness, and catastrophes; she's immune to fire, radiation, toxins, corrosives, disease, and aging.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Probably one in four carried disease, and those who did not spread their own corrosive discouragement.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • His throat burned as if he'd swallowed corrosive chemicals.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order

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