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Difference between Corrode and Erode

Corrode means to be eaten away by a chemical reaction.

  • The rust will immediately corrode the brass if it is not removed.

Erode means to wear away by water or wind.

  • The heavy spring rains eroded the high cliffs by their house.

Note: Both of these words can also be used figuratively.

  • Mistrust can corrode any good business partnership.
  • Confidence in their leadership eroded over the years.