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[kuh-rohd] /kəˈroʊd/
verb (used with object), corroded, corroding.
to eat or wear away gradually as if by gnawing, especially by chemical action.
to impair; deteriorate:
Jealousy corroded his character.
verb (used without object), corroded, corroding.
to become corroded.
Origin of corrode
1350-1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, equivalent to cor- cor- + rōdere to gnaw; akin to rodent
Related forms
corrodent, noun
corroder, noun
corrodible, adjective
corrodibility, noun
noncorrodible, adjective
noncorroding, adjective, noun
uncorroded, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corrode
  • 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.
  • Intimations of disorder corrode what's left of civic spirit.
  • And their presence will eventually corrode the cost savings and other reforms possible with the change to direct lending.
  • Crooked transactions corrode confidence, which hurts firms and investors alike.
  • They corrode the skin and lungs and wreak havoc on photographic equipment.
  • If you drink it, it will corrode your gullet before it poisons you.
  • It will not rust or corrode and it's chemically inert, so it will not collect mineral deposits.
British Dictionary definitions for corrode


to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
(transitive) to destroy gradually; consume: his jealousy corroded his happiness
Derived Forms
corrodant, corrodent, noun
corroder, noun
corrodible, adjective
corrodibility, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin corrōdere to gnaw to pieces, from rōdere to gnaw; see rodent, rat
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Word Origin and History for corrode

c.1400, from Old French corroder (14c.) or directly from Latin corrodere "to gnaw to bits, wear away," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + rodere "to gnaw" (see rodent). Related: Corroded; corroding.

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