- Also at·trit·ed. worn by rubbing or attrition.
- to make smaller by attrition.
Origin of attrite
1615–25; < Latin attrītus rubbed against, rubbed away, worn away (past participle of atterere), equivalent to at- at- + trī- (variant stem of terere to rub) + -tus past participle suffix
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Word Origin and History for attrite
"worn down," 1620s, from Latin attritus, past participle of atterere (see attrition).
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