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Definition of attrition:

  1. Grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition.
  2. The act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion.
  3. The state of being worn.

Synonyms:

contrition, excoriation, detrition, weakening, reduction, grinding down, scrape, gradual disintegration, wearing away, rubbing, friction, corrasion, penitency, contriteness, remorsefulness, decline, compunction, rue, scratch, abrasion, grinding, depreciation.

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