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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.
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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Adv.1.caustically - in a caustic vitriolic manner; "he addressed her caustically"
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[ˈkɔːstɪkli] adv [say, remark, observe] → de façon caustiquecaustic soda nsoude f caustique


adv say, remarkbissig; his new book is caustically funnysein neues Buch ist auf bissige Art lustig


[ˈkɔːstɪklɪ] advcausticamente


(ˈkoːstik) adjective
1. burning by chemical action. caustic soda.
2. (of remarks) bitter or sarcastic. caustic comments.
ˈcaustically adverb
References in classic literature ?
You are quite expert at making up your mind as to whom other people should marry," retorted Anne, rather caustically.
has caustically observed that he 'withdraws from the turmoil of the real universe into the fortress of his own mind, and beats the enemy in toy battles with toy soldiers.
It was not his soul, it was his mere phantom he had left behind on this earth--thought Razumov, smiling caustically to himself while he crossed the room, utterly forgetful of where he was and of Councillor Mikulin's existence.
He caustically reiterated his narrative of judicial partisanship and conspiracy, and resolved to continue his fight for supremacy of the electorate.
Similarly impressive is the man who started it all, Simon Cowell, of original 'Idol' and now 'X Factor' fame-except that he's no longer as caustically cutting and quotable as he used to be.
To which Potter caustically responds "Happy New Year to you .
French author Philippe Djian steps into the mind of this independent and caustically sarcastic woman as she maneuvers a web of complex relationships while refusing to become reduced to a victim.
One Indian caustically replied: "Well, at least this prison food tastes better than your half-cooked steak.
No freedom of media here, that's why," Cavusoglu joked caustically, in English.
Our performers shift through a fantastic array of costumes and voices, yet the show remains intimate, cigarette-hoarse, and caustically comic.
FThey look alike, share the same confidence and infectious enthusiasm, finish each other's sentences and constantly make fun of each other - sometimes caustically but never with malice.
I recall a very blunt Yorkshireman, Les Hulley, senior planner, caustically remarking: 'The real question is why are we trying to double the size of Newtown to be an economic focus for mid-Wales when we know the Severn bursts its banks every so often?