|1.||the act of wearing away or the state of being worn away, as by friction|
|2.||constant wearing down to weaken or destroy (often in the phrase war of attrition)|
|3.||Also called: natural wastage a decrease in the size of the workforce of an organization achieved by not replacing employees who retire or resign|
|4.||geography abrasion Compare corrasion the grinding down of rock particles by friction during transportation by water, wind, or ice|
|5.||theol sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation, esp as contrasted with contrition, which arises purely from love of God|
|[C14: from Late Latin attrītiō a rubbing against something, from Latin atterere to weaken, from terere to rub]|
attrition at·tri·tion (ə-trĭsh'ən)
A wearing away by friction or rubbing, such as the loss of tooth structure caused by abrasive foods or grinding of the teeth.