Part of Speech verb
Origin + Etymology
mid 17th century; Late Latin from attritionem, literally "a rubbing against," noun of action from past-participle stem of atterere "to wear, rub away," figuratively "to destroy, waste," from assimilated form of ad "to" + terere "to rub") "to rub, turn")
  • erosion
  • abrasion
  • attenuation
  • debilitation
  • depreciation
  • disintegration
  • grinding
  • weakening
  • wear
  • buildup
  • accretion
  • building
  • development
  • improvement
  • growth
  • upgrading
to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower
A) Our troops were utterly exhausted since the other side could attrit us without much damage to themselves. B) Our hope is to attrit them until their morale breaks since we don't have an advantage from the terrain.
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