Origin of attrition
Examples from the Web for 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.
Sen. Rand Paul has called for the “attrition if not an outright elimination of the IRS.”
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|Noah Caldwell|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How else, indeed, could the general will find fit expression, except through the attrition of many minds?Stephen A. Douglas|Allen Johnson
But it is the attrition of character against character that really interests him.
The attrition of men is the outward force that makes character.Woven with the Ship|Cyrus Townsend Brady
The straight footpaths beneath the trees have been worn into deep tracks by the attrition of feet for many centuries.Thomas Hardy's Dorset|Robert Thurston Hopkins
In short, it was the point of attrition between the new system and a suspicious, excited populace.John Marshall and the Constitution|Edward S. Corwin
British Dictionary definitions for attrition
Word Origin for attrition
Word Origin and History 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.