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noun as in wearing down or away

noun as in regret

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Some of the performance in 2020 can be attributed to the injury bug and attrition that ravaged the offensive line, and the lack of spring practice and pandemic-affected fall camp couldn’t have helped.

A permanent war of attrition will, in the long run, be hugely damaging for both sides.

The brutality and attrition of cycling is, of course, what makes it so thrilling to follow, but it can also evoke the deadly days of Formula 1 in the 1960s and 1970s, which prompted drivers like Jackie Stewart to demand better safety precautions.

Our attrition rate in all the countries that we operate is half of that of the national average.

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There is more reason to marvel, a welcome balance to a season-long deluge of attrition and fatigue.

It is not a decisive war, with a single, signature victory, but a war of attrition.

But there is no consensus about what the attrition of ISIS looks like.

The past two months have been a war of attrition between the Hong Kong government and pro-democracy protestors.

Sen. Rand Paul has called for the “attrition if not an outright elimination of the IRS.”

Following the attrition of heavy industry in the 1980s, the income gap across the United Kingdom has grown substantially.

River sand is frequently used, but is not so good as pit sand on account of the particles being rubbed smooth by attrition.

When arising from rough friction or attrition, they are more commonly called abrasions.

How charming, how delightful, how inspiring is the eloquence which is kindled by the attrition of gifted minds!

Anti-attrition, an′ti-at-trish′on, n. anything which counteracts attrition or friction—also figuratively.

Neither of them had the slightest traces of gangue, or vein-matter, nor of attrition in being removed from the parent beds.


On this page you'll find 39 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to attrition, such as: erosion, abrasion, attenuation, debilitation, depreciation, and disintegration.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.