caustic caustic  /ˈkɑ stɪk/


  1. (n) any chemical substance that burns or destroys living tissue
  2. (adj) harsh or corrosive in tone
  3. (adj) of a substance, especially a strong acid; capable of destroying or eating away by chemical action


  • The coach's caustic remark after the match left many a team member in tears.


  1. Camille Paglia Pens Love Letter to Joan Rivers, 'Iconic Feminist Role Model'

    The author says her "caustic voice, relentless energy and driving ambition" make the legendary comic and TV mainstay an enduring force of nature. read more        
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Hollywood Reporter

  2. Siemens To Supply Wet Air Oxidation System To Qatar

    Siemens Energy will supply a wet air oxidation ethylene spent caustic treatment system as part of an ethylene plant expansion.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: HydrocarbonOnline

  3. When science smells good

    LEWISTON — At its most basic, soap-making is a combination of caustic lye and a fat of some kind, mixed with a chemist's precision. "It's kind of magical," Lewiston's Tracey Miller said. "It's chemistry, which is sort of ironic, because chemistry was probably my worst subject in school.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Lewiston Sun Journal


  1. "The memo's caustic tone, and its focus on contributions by Indian-Americans to the Clinton campaign, was potentially hurtful, and as such, unacceptable," Obama wrote. "In sum, our campaign made a mistake. Although I was not aware of the...
    on Jun 19, 2007 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  2. "I would not put myself out there to be as caustic as [Cowell] is, but if they want to call me, bring it on," he said. "We can talk."
    on Jun 25, 2010 By: Clay Aiken Source: CNN (blog)

  3. The Republican governors need to "keep the discussion focused on the positive aspects of what we're delivering and try to stay away from these very caustic red-blue debates," Mr. Perry said. "The Republican Governors Association can be an...
    on Nov 29, 2007 By: Rick Perry Source: Dallas Morning News

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