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corrode

[kuh-rohd] /kəˈroʊd/
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
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
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  • 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

corrode

/kəˈrəʊd/
verb
1.
to eat away or be eaten away, esp by chemical action as in the oxidation or rusting of a metal
2.
(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
v.

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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