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caustic
used in The Mill on the Floss

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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
  • Mr. Deane, he considered, was the "knowingest" man of his acquaintance, and he had besides a ready causticity of tongue that made an agreeable supplement to Mr. Tulliver's own tendency that way, which had remained in rather an inarticulate condition.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (96% in)

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