Attrit



to wear down (an opposing military force) by numerical superiority in troops or firepower.
verb (US, slang) (transitive) -trits, -tritting, -tritted
to wear down or dispose of gradually
to kill
v.

1956, U.S. Air Force back-formation from attrition which attained currency during the Vietnam War. (A 17c. attempt at a verb produced attrite). Related: Attrited; attriting.

noun

An expected rate of loss or attrition: Attrit can refer to an expected rate of loss or attrition (Air Force)

verb

To dispose of or dispense with gradually; subject to attrition: Workers never retire, resign, or die—they are attritted
To kill: Well, counterattacks are a useful way to attrit the enemy

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  • Attrite

    Also, attrited. worn by rubbing or attrition. to make smaller by attrition. adj. “worn down,” 1620s, from Latin attritus, past participle of atterere (see attrition).

  • Attriting

    Also, attrited. worn by rubbing or attrition. to make smaller by attrition. adj. “worn down,” 1620s, from Latin attritus, past participle of atterere (see attrition).



  • Attrition

    a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away. a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment: The enemy surrounded the town and conducted a war of attrition. a gradual reduction […]

  • Attritional

    a reduction or decrease in numbers, size, or strength: Our club has had a high rate of attrition because so many members have moved away. a wearing down or weakening of resistance, especially as a result of continuous pressure or harassment: The enemy surrounded the town and conducted a war of attrition. a gradual reduction […]



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