corrode

[kuh-rohd]
verb (used with object), corroded, corroding.
1.
to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action.
2.
to impair; deteriorate: Jealousy corroded his character.
verb (used without object), corroded, corroding.
3.
to become corroded.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, equivalent to cor- cor- + rōdere to gnaw; akin to rodent

corrodent, noun
corroder, noun
corrodible, adjective
corrodibility, noun
noncorrodible, adjective
noncorroding, adjective, noun
uncorroded, adjective
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corrode (kəˈrəʊd)
 
vb
1.  to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
2.  (tr) to destroy gradually; consume: his jealousy corroded his happiness
 
[C14: from Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat]
 
cor'rodant
 
n
 
cor'rodent
 
n
 
cor'roder
 
n
 
cor'rodible
 
adj
 
corrodi'bility
 
n

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corrode
c.1400, from O.Fr. corroder, from L. corrodere "to gnaw to bits," from com- intensive prefix + rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent).
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Example sentences
Huge concentrations of wealth corrode the soul of any nation.
The use of study drugs by healthy students could corrode valuable practices
  that education has traditionally fostered.
White vinegar can corrode and dissolve some minerals and certain fabrics made
  of acetate.
These things would start to corrode and, eventually, to collapse.
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