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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CAUSTICITY

I know it will be all sense for the church, and all causticity for schism.

He now knew to what the causticity of alkalies is owing, and how to induce it, or remove it, at pleasure.

The work was more suited to the meridian of Edinburgh; and from causes sufficiently obvious, its personality and causticity.

"Well, I suppose we must pity his errors," observed Miss Patty, with some causticity.

But I am very far from thinking that the causticity of quick-lime is at all owing to this circumstance.

The one represented the strength and goodness of the people, the other its turbulence and causticity.

"We must simply marry as soon as possible; to-morrow, if necessary," said Bernard, with some causticity.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "burning, corrosive," from Latin causticus "burning, caustic," from Greek kaustikos "capable of burning; corrosive," from kaustos "combustible; burnt," verbal adjective from kaiein, the Greek word for "to burn" (transitive and intransitive) in all periods, of uncertain origin with no certain cognates outside Greek. Figurative sense of "sarcastic" is attested from 1771. As a noun, early 15c., from the adjective.

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