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Synonyms of 'erode'

(verb) 
Definition
to wear down or away
The beach had all but totally eroded.
Synonyms
disintegrate
At 420 mph the windscreen disintegrated.
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crumble
Under the pressure, the flint crumbled into fragments.
The chalk cliffs are crumbling.
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deteriorate
X-rays are used to prevent fresh food from deteriorating.
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break up
,
grind down
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waste away
The plants are just wasting away in this heat.
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wear down or away
(verb) 
Definition
to wear down or away
Once exposed, soil is quickly eroded by wind and rain.
Synonyms
,
consume
Fire consumed the building.
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spoil
It is important not to let mistakes spoil your life.
, ,
eat away
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corrode
Engineers found that the structure had been corroded by moisture.
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break up
,
grind down
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abrade
The rough rock had abraded her skin.
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wear down or away
(verb) 
Definition
to deteriorate or cause to deteriorate
His fumbling of the issue of reform has eroded his authority.
Synonyms
weaken
Her opponents believe that her authority has been fatally weakened.
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undermine
This will undermine their chances of success.
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diminish
Federalism is intended to diminish the power of the central state.
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impair
The bright sunshine was impairing my vision.
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lessen
Keep immunisations up to date to lessen the risk of serious illness.
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wear away

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abrade
The rough rock had abraded her skin.
Synonyms
rub off,
wear away,
scrape away,
scrape out
in the sense of consume
Definition
to destroy
Fire consumed the building.
Synonyms
demolish (facetious),
lay waste
in the sense of corrode
Definition
to destroy gradually
Engineers found that the structure had been corroded by moisture.
Synonyms
eat away,
oxidize

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