Origin of attrition
Examples from the Web for attritional
This was a long, gutsy, attritional game played by two flawed teams who failed to force enough shots on goal.Argentina Drops the Netherlands on Penalties in World Cup Semifinal|Tunku Varadarajan|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The hard, attritional fight comes in holding the ground often relatively cheaply taken.
British Dictionary definitions for attritional
Word Origin for attrition
Word Origin and History for attritional
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.