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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Attrition  \At*tri"tion\,  n.  [L.  attritio:  cf  F.  attrition.] 
  1.  The  act  of  rubbing  together;  friction;  the  act  of  wearing 
  by  friction,  or  by  rubbing  substances  together;  abrasion. 
 
  Effected  by  attrition  of  the  inward  stomach. 
  --Arbuthnot. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  worn.  --Johnson. 
 
  3.  (Theol.)  Grief  for  sin  arising  only  from  fear  of 
  punishment  or  feelings  of  shame.  See  {Contrition}. 
  --Wallis. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  attrition 
  n  1:  erosion  by  friction  [syn:  {abrasion},  {corrasion},  {detrition}] 
  2:  the  wearing  down  of  rock  particles  by  friction  due  to  water 
  or  wind  or  ice  [syn:  {grinding},  {abrasion},  {detrition}] 
  3:  sorrow  for  sin  arising  from  fear  of  damnation  [syn:  {contrition}, 
  {contriteness}] 
  4:  a  wearing  down  to  weaken  or  destroy;  "a  war  of  attrition" 
  5:  the  act  of  rubbing  together;  wearing  something  down  by 
  friction 




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