verb (used with object), at·trit·ted, at·trit·ting.

to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower.

Nearby words

  1. attribute,
  2. attributes,
  3. attribution,
  4. attribution theory,
  5. attributive,
  6. attrite,
  7. attrition,
  8. attu,
  9. attucks,
  10. attucks, crispus

Origin of attrit

First recorded in 1750–60; back formation from attrition Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for attritted


verb -trits, -tritting or -tritted US slang (tr)

to wear down or dispose of gradually
to kill

Word Origin for attrit

C18: back formation from attrition

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Word Origin and History for attritted



1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition which attained currency during the Vietnam War. (A 17c. attempt at a verb produced attrite). Related: Attrited; attriting.

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