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English noun: attrition

1. attrition (process) erosion by friction


Synonymsabrasion, corrasion, detrition


Broader (hypernym)eating away, eroding, erosion, wearing, wearing away

2. attrition (phenomenon) the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice


Synonymsabrasion, detrition, grinding


Broader (hypernym)friction, rubbing

3. attrition (feeling) sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation


Synonymscontriteness, contrition


Broader (hypernym)regret, rue, ruefulness, sorrow

4. attrition (event) a wearing down to weaken or destroy


SamplesA war of attrition.


Broader (hypernym)decrease, drop-off, lessening

5. attrition (act) the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction


Broader (hypernym)detrition, friction, rubbing









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