An example of erosion is the shrinking beach at the seaside.
Erosion of confidence in the governor; erosion of the value of the dollar.
Origin of erosion
- Latin ērōsiō ērōsiōn- an eating away from ērōsus eaten away erose
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- The first known occurrence in English was in the 1541 translation by Robert Copland of Guy de Chauliac's medical text The Questyonary of Cyrurygens. Copland used erosion to describe how ulcers developed in the mouth. By 1774 'erosion' was used outside medical subjects. Oliver Goldsmith employed the term in the more contemporary geological context, in his book Natural History, with the quote
- From Middle French erosion, from Latin erosio (“eating away”), derived from erodere.