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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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