Origin of attrition
Related Words for attritionerosion, attenuation, debilitation, grinding, abrasion, wear, depreciation, disintegration, rubbing, thinning, repentance, remorse, penitence, penance, contriteness
Examples from the Web for attrition
Contemporary Examples of attrition
It is not a decisive war, with a single, signature victory, but a war of attrition.
But there is no consensus about what the attrition of ISIS looks like.
The past two months have been a war of attrition between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protestors.The Monuments Men of Occupy Hong Kong
December 4, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul has called for the “attrition if not an outright elimination of the IRS.”Huckabee: ‘A Tax Is Punishment’
September 29, 2014
Following the attrition of heavy industry in the 1980s, the income gap across the United Kingdom has grown substantially.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of attrition
They have not the attrition which wears away the angularities.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Nothing has done us more harm than all this talk about "attrition."War Letters of a Public-School Boy
The difficulty was to overcome its susceptibility to attrition.Mizora: A Prophecy
Mary E. Bradley
I say that attrition with confession is necessary: he believes that contrition is necessary.Pascal
In what was to a great extent a war of attrition this was a point of some importance.Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918
Sir Stanley Maude
Word Origin for attrition
1540s, "abrasion, a scraping," from Latin attritionem (nominative attritio), literally "a rubbing against," noun of action from past participle stem of atterere "to wear, rub away," figuratively "to destroy, waste," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + terere "to rub" (see throw (v.)). The earliest sense in English is from Scholastic theology (late 14c.), "sorrow for sin merely out of fear of punishment," a minor irritation, and thus less than contrition. The sense of "wearing down of military strength" is a World War I coinage (1914). Figurative use by 1930.