attrit

[uh-trit]
verb (used with object), attritted, attritting.
to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower.

Origin:
1750–60; back formation from attrition

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attrit (əˈtrɪt)
 
vb , -trits, -tritting, -tritted
1.  to wear down or dispose of gradually
2.  to kill
 
[C18: back formation from attrition]

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attrit
1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition which attained currency during the Vietnam War. (A 17c. attempt at a verb produced attrite).
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Persons in and near poverty attrit at a higher rate than other persons.
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