erode verb

ADV. badly, deeply, seriously, severely Walkers should stick to obvious paths, even if they are badly eroded. The experience had seriously eroded his confidence in himself. | completely | further | gradually, slowly The distinction between social classes is slowly being eroded. | steadily The river bank had been steadily eroded over the years. | rapidly | easily | away The rocks have eroded away over time.

VERB + ERODE threaten to The pressure towards uniformity that constantly threatens to erode local traditions. | tend to