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caus·tic

 (kô′stĭk)
adj.
1. Capable of burning, corroding, dissolving, or eating away by chemical action.
2. Sarcastic or cutting; biting: "The caustic jokes ... deal with such diverse matters as political assassination, talk-show hosts, medical ethics" (Frank Rich).
3. Given to making caustic remarks: a caustic TV commentator.
n.
1. A caustic material or substance.
2. A hydroxide of a light metal.
3. The enveloping surface formed by light rays reflecting or refracting from a curved surface, especially one with spherical aberration.

[Middle English caustik, from Latin causticus, from Greek kaustikos, from kaustos, from kaiein, kau-, to burn.]

caus′ti·cal·ly adv.
caus·tic′i·ty (kô-stĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
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caustic

(ˈkɔːstɪk)
adj
1. (Chemistry) capable of burning or corroding by chemical action: caustic soda.
2. sarcastic; cutting: a caustic reply.
3. (General Physics) of, relating to, or denoting light that is reflected or refracted by a curved surface
n
4. (General Physics) Also called: caustic surface a surface that envelops the light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface
5. (General Physics) Also called: caustic curve a curve formed by the intersection of a caustic surface with a plane
6. (Chemistry) chem a caustic substance, esp an alkali
[C14: from Latin causticus, from Greek kaustikos, from kaiein to burn]
ˈcaustical adj
ˈcaustically adv
causticity, ˈcausticness n
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caus•tic

(ˈkɔ stɪk)

adj.
1. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue.
2. severely critical or sarcastic: a caustic remark.
n.
3. a caustic substance, as potassium hydroxide.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin causticus < Greek kaustikós=kaust(ós) burnt, v. adj. of kaíein to burn + -ikos -ic]
caus′ti•cal•ly, adv.
caus•tic′i•ty (-ˈstɪs ɪ ti) n.
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caustic

Describes an alkaline substance which burns or corrodes organic material
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.caustic - any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue
chemical compound, compound - (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
lye - a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide
silver nitrate - a nitrate used in making photographic emulsions; also used in medicine as a cautery and as a topical antibacterial agent
Adj.1.caustic - harsh or corrosive in tonecaustic - harsh or corrosive in tone; "an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"; "a barrage of acid comments"; "her acrid remarks make her many enemies"; "bitter words"; "blistering criticism"; "caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"; "a sulfurous denunciation"; "a vitriolic critique"
unpleasant - disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings ; "an unpleasant personality"; "unpleasant repercussions"; "unpleasant odors"
2.caustic - of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"
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caustic

adjective
1. burning, corrosive, corroding, astringent, vitriolic, acrid, mordant This substance is caustic; use gloves when handling it.
2. sarcastic, biting, keen, cutting, severe, stinging, scathing, acrimonious, pungent, vitriolic, trenchant, mordant He was well known for his abrasive wit and caustic comments.
sarcastic loving, kind, pleasing, soft, sweet, gentle, pleasant, mild, soothing, bland, agreeable, temperate
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caustic

adjective
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Translations
حارِقٌ، لاسِعٌلاذِعٌ، جارِحٌ، ساخِرٌ
žíravýjízlivýsarkastickýsžíravýžíravina
ætsendebidendetærende
ivallinenpurevasyövyttävä
ætiefnistingandi, meinyrtur
kandžiaikaustinis
assdzēlīgskodīgs
leptavýžieravý
acı ve dokunaklıkostikyakıcı

caustic

[ˈkɔːstɪk]
A. ADJ
1. (Chem) → cáustico
2. (fig) [remark etc] → mordaz, sarcástico
B. CPD caustic soda Nsosa f cáustica
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caustic

[ˈkɔːstɪk] adj [wit, remark] → caustique
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caustic

adj (Chem) → ätzend, kaustisch; (fig)ätzend; remarkbissig; he was very caustic about the projecter äußerte sich sehr bissig über das Projekt
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caustic

[ˈkɔːstɪk] adj (Chem) (fig) → caustico/a
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caustic

(ˈkoːstik) adjective
1. burning by chemical action. caustic soda.
2. (of remarks) bitter or sarcastic. caustic comments.
ˈcaustically adverb
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caus·tic

a. cáustico-a.
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caustic

adj cáustico
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