Definitions for Causticˈkɔ stɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

caus•ticˈkɔ stɪk(adj.)

  1. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue.

  2. severely critical or sarcastic:

    a caustic remark.

  3. (n.)a caustic substance, as potassium hydroxide.

Origin of caustic:

1350–1400; ME < L causticus < Gk kaustikós=kaust(ós) burnt, v. adj. of kaíein to burn +-ikos -ic

caus•tic′i•ty-ˈstɪs ɪ ti(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. caustic(adj)

    any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue

  2. acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, virulent, vitriolic(adj)

    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"

  3. caustic, corrosive, erosive, vitriolic, mordant(adj)

    of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action


  1. caustic(Noun)

    Any substance or means which, applied to animal or other organic tissue, burns, corrodes, or destroys it by chemical action; an escharotic.

  2. caustic(Noun)

    The envelope of reflected or refracted rays of light for a given surface or object.

  3. caustic(Noun)

    The envelope of reflected or refracted rays for a given curve.

  4. caustic(Noun)

    caustic soda

  5. caustic(Adjective)

    Capable of burning, corroding or destroying organic tissue

  6. caustic(Adjective)

    sharp, bitter, cutting, biting, sarcastic

  7. Origin: From the Greek καυστός, via the Latin causticus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Caustic(adj)

    alt. of Caustical

  2. Caustic(adj)

    any substance or means which, applied to animal or other organic tissue, burns, corrodes, or destroys it by chemical action; an escharotic

  3. Caustic(adj)

    a caustic curve or caustic surface


  1. Caustic

    Caustic is an American industrial band based out of Madison, WI, created in 2002 by DJ Matt Fanale, who is the sole consistent member. The band's live lineup varies quite a bit, largely depending on the location of the show. Caustic's lyrics are typically humorous, while the music itself ranges between older styled industrial and more modern styled powernoise. Caustic has performed live at a number of international industrial music festivals, including the 2005 and 2006 Providence Industrial Festival and the 2006 Blacksun, Reverence, Indoctrination, and the UK's Infest Festival in 2007.

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burning by chemical action

caustic soda.

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