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caustic
used in Middlemarch

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

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
  • He had found more words than usual in the first jet of his anger, but Mr. Brooke's propitiation was more clogging to his tongue than Mr. Cadwallader's caustic hint.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (88% in)
  • Lydgate would say that was not worth knowing," said Mr. Ned, purposely caustic.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (48% in)

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