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Attrite \At*trite"\, a. [L. attritus, p. p. of atterere; ad + terere to rub. See Trite.]

  1. Rubbed; worn by friction.

  2. (Theol.) Repentant from fear of punishment; having attrition of grief for sin; -- opposed to contrite.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


Etymology 1 vb. (alternative form of attrit English) Etymology 2

  1. regretful of one's wrongdoing merely due to fear of punishment (compare contrite)

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The first is its obvious reliance on large numbers of highly capable (and expensive) platforms such as the M-1 tank, F-14,15, and 18 aircraft and CVN/DDG-51/SSN-688 ships designed principally to be used jointly or individually to destroy and attrite other forces and supporting capability.