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Meaning of ATTRITION

Pronunciation:  u'trishun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
  2. [n]  a wearing down to weaken or destroy; "a war of attrition"
  3. [n]  sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
  4. [n]  the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
  5. [n]  erosion by friction

ATTRITION is a 9 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: abrasion, abrasion, contriteness, contrition, corrasion, detrition, detrition, grinding
 See Also: decrease, detrition, drop-off, eating away, eroding, erosion, friction, friction, lessening, regret, rubbing, rubbing, ruefulness, sorrow, wearing, wearing away



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\At*tri"tion\, n. [L. attritio: cf. F. attrition.]
1. The act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing
   by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion.

         Effected by attrition of the inward stomach.

2. The state of being worn. --Johnson.

3. (Theol.) Grief for sin arising only from fear of
   punishment or feelings of shame. See {Contrition}.

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