• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caustical Capable of destroying the texture of anything or eating away its substance by chemical action; burning; corrosive; searing.
    • Caustical Severe; satirical; sharp; as, a caustic remark.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • caustical Same as caustic.
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  • George Eliot
    “Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. caustucs, Ge. , fr. to burn. Cf. Calm Ink


In literature:

I don't say that Adam was caustic about Eve's face or Eve about Adam's: that is improbable.
"A Boswell of Baghdad" by E. V. Lucas
They whisper caustic comments in the rear.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
Danton at any rate is above this caustic criticism.
"Critical Miscellanies (Vol. 1 of 3)" by John Morley
As the name (caustic soda) indicates, it is a very corrosive substance, having a disintegrating action on most animal and vegetable tissues.
"An Elementary Study of Chemistry" by William McPherson
Banana flavor can be made from stale butter, caustic soda, and chloroform.
"Human Foods and Their Nutritive Value" by Harry Snyder
Dilute solutions of the caustic alkalies, caustic soda or caustic potash, of from 2 to 7 per cent.
"The Dyeing of Cotton Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
He had been severe, the Kapellmeister, caustic, even irritable.
"The Black Cross" by Olive M. Briggs
The "Press and Tribune" announced the "forgery," as it was called in a caustic editorial, "The Little Dodger Cornered and Caught.
"Our American Holidays: Lincoln's Birthday" by Various
This liquid, however, is sharp and caustic.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
Ignoring the divinity that should have hedged their author, Heine was very caustic about this royal assault upon Parnassus.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham

In poetry:

Tonight the caustic wind, love,
Gossips late and soon,
And I wear the wry-faced pucker of
The sour lemon moon.
"Jilted" by Sylvia Plath
Matrons love thy household lore;
Public seems to pet thee;
Critic, with his caustic store,
Seeketh not to fret thee.
"A Parody On "The Wayside Well"" by Janet Hamilton
And cracking frieze and rotten metope
Express, as though they were an open tome
Top-lined with caustic monitory gnome;
"Dunces, Learn here to spell Humanity!"
"Rome: Building A New Street In The Ancient Quarter." by Thomas Hardy
Then, drop by caustic drop, a perfect cry
Shall string some constant harmony,—
Relentless caper for all those who step
The legend of their youth into the noon.
"Legend" by Harold Hart Crane
O eloquent and caustic sage!
Thy long and rugged pilgrimage
To glory's shrine has ended;
And thou hast passed the inner door,
And proved thy fitness o'er and o'er,
And to the dome ascended.
"Frederick Douglass" by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr
And still he is a gentleman;
This much I will admit.
In "Correspondence Columns" he
Seeks not to air his wit;
On shrinking backs he lays no caustic stripe,
Nor stoops to call our Masterpieces "tripe"!
"The Censor" by C J Dennis

In news:

It's an observation that's been made to me many times over the years I've been writing this often sarcastic, sometimes caustic, column.
In centrifugal pumps that are pumping caustic or any acid, on the pump discharge line there is first NRV then pressure gauge along with drain point and after that an isolation valve.
John Grazioso hid his sensitivity under a caustic wit.
In the face of caustic comments about Black people from outsiders, must we turn on ourselves.
As for the gloves, masons rarely use them, but wet concrete and mortar are somewhat caustic and can dry the skin and burn the eyes.
In the world of searing condiments, few are as caustic as a properly made mojo de ajo—olive oil spiked with garlic, the soy sauce of Cuba.
Das Racist MC's mixtape is a comic, caustic brain dump.
Das Racist's wiliest rhymer is also their most caustic joker.
Caustic and brilliant, August Wilson nails down the realities of racism in his plays.
'The Guard' a caustic comedy with sass and style.
Kronberg said outside groups want guaranteed outcomes for conservative agendas, but the clamor might fall on deaf ears of legislators who understand the nuances of a legislative session and are immune to caustic criticism.
'Bachelorette' is a caustic, drunken tragedy — with lipstick .
Caustic christ doesnt anyone want to impress jodie foster anymore lycanthropy.
Nancy-Ann DeParle, the whip-smart and sometimes caustic White House deputy chief of staff, picked up The Wall Street Journal one summer day in 2010 and got an unwelcome shock.
Buzz Out Loud New Episodes Daily, Monday-Friday Tom Merritt, Molly Wood and Jason Howell's entertaining, sometimes caustic, and always skeptical daily take on technology news.

In science:

Clearly this con fl icts with the established models of these images which show the optical depth to be substantial and where quiescent periods naturally arise in the clustered caustic maps that result at such optical depths (see fig. 2).
Interpreting microlensing signal in QSO 2237+0305: Stars or planets?
The upper panel presents a subregion of the random star field for image D of Q2237 using the model parameters given by Schmidt el al. (1998), while the central panel presents the corresponding caustics pattern is 10 Einstein radii on a side, covered by 1024 pixels.
Interpreting microlensing signal in QSO 2237+0305: Stars or planets?
This shows regions of very low magnification (dark areas) and also complicated caustic cluste ring (lighter areas).
Interpreting microlensing signal in QSO 2237+0305: Stars or planets?
Pearcey: The structure of an electromagnetic field in the neighborhood of a cusp of a caustic, Philos.
PDE's for the Gaussian ensemble with external source and the Pearcey distribution
In the case of smooth velocity fields, this leads to the formation of caustics in the instantaneous concentration field, which, in turn, act as back-bones for the clustering process .
Concentration fluctuations of large Stokes number particles in a one-dimensional random velocity field