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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: erodere 'to eat away', from rodere; RODENT

erode

verb
     
Related topics: Geology, Geography
e‧rode also erode away [intransitive and transitive]
1SG if the weather erodes rock or soil, or if rock or soil erodes, its surface is gradually destroyed:
The cliffs are being constantly eroded by heavy seas.
The rocks have gradually eroded away.
2 to gradually reduce something such as someone's power or confidence:
Our personal freedom is being gradually eroded away.
Repeated exam failure had eroded her confidence.

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