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attrite

[uh-trahyt] /əˈtraɪt/
adjective
1.
Also, attrited. worn by rubbing or attrition.
verb (used with object), attrited, attriting.
2.
to make smaller by attrition.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin attrītus rubbed against, rubbed away, worn away (past participle of atterere), equivalent to at- at- + trī- (variant stem of terere to rub) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
attriteness, noun
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Word Origin and History for attrite
adj.

"worn down," 1620s, from Latin attritus, past participle of atterere (see attrition).

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