noun Etymology: Latin attrition-, attritio, from atterere to rub against, from ad- + terere to rub — more at throw Date: 14th century 1. [Middle English attricioun, from Medieval Latin attrition-, attritio, from Latin] sorrow for one's sins that arises from a motive other than that of the love of God 2. the act of rubbing together ; friction; also the act of wearing or grinding down by friction 3. the act of weakening or exhausting by constant harassment, abuse, or attack <
a war of attrition
4. a reduction in numbers usually as a result of resignation, retirement, or death <
a company with a high rate of attrition
attritional adjective

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