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attrition

at·tri·tion

attrition

 
 
pronunciation:
trI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a gradual wearing down or erosion as a result of friction.
similar words:
abrasion
definition 2: a gradual erosion of strength or morale.
They were now fighting a war of attrition.
definition 3: the gradual decrease in the membership of a group as a result of not replacing those who leave.
Due to attrition, the church congregation had dwindled to only one hundred members.
derivation: attritional (adj.)
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The word attrition contains the following part:
trit Latin root that means friction, wearing away