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- Eating away; having the power of gradually wearing, hanging, or destroying the texture or substance of a body; as the corrosive action of an acid.
- Having the quality of fretting or vexing.
- 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
- Care is no cure, but corrosive.
- destroying or undermining something gradually.
destroying texture or substance of a body
corrosive (plural corrosives)
- That which has the quality of eating or wearing away gradually.
- Any solid, liquid or gas capable of irreparably harming living tissues or damaging material on contact.
substance harming living tissue or damaging material
- (Classical) IPA(key): /kor.roːˈsiː.u̯e/, [kɔrːoːˈs̠iːu̯ɛ]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /kor.roˈsi.ve/, [kɔrːɔˈs̬iːvɛ]