1. [ adjective ] (chemistry) of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action
Synonyms: corrosive vitriolic erosive
Related terms: destructive
2. [ adjective ] harsh or corrosive in tone
Synonyms: bitter blistering acid acrid virulent acerbic sulphurous venomous sulfurous vitriolic acerb

"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" "a sulfurous denunciation"

Related terms: unpleasant
3. [ noun ] (chemistry) any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue
Related terms: compound silver_nitrate lye
Similar spelling:   cactus