|1.||[ adjective ] (chemistry) of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action|
|Synonyms:||corrosive vitriolic erosive|
|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"
|3.||[ noun ] (chemistry) any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue|
|Related terms:||compound silver_nitrate lye|