Definition of attrition:
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.
- loss (part of speech: noun)
- penitence (part of speech: noun)
Point- blank grief tends rather to seal up happiness for a time than to produce that attrition which results from griefs of anticipation that move onward with the days: these may be said to furrow away the capacity for pleasure.- "Desperate Remedies", Thomas Hardy.
- "Public Opinion", Walter Lippmann.
I therefore determined, first, to use the greatest number of troops practicable against the armed force of the enemy, preventing him from using the same force at different seasons against first one and then another of our armies, and the possibility of repose for refitting and producing necessary supplies for carrying on resistance; second, to hammer continuously against the armed force of the enemy and his resources, until by mere attrition, if in no other way, there should be nothing left to him but an equal submission with the loyal sections of our common country to the Constitution and laws of the land.- "Ulysses S. Grant", Walter Allen.