American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rubbing away or wearing down by friction.
- n. A gradual diminution in number or strength because of constant stress.
- n. A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death.
- n. Repentance for sin motivated by fear of punishment rather than by love of God.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The rubbing of one thing against another; mutual friction: as, the abrasion of coins by attrition.
- n. The act of wearing away by rubbing; the state of being worn down or smoothed by friction; abrasion.
- n. In theology, imperfect contrition or repentance, with real detestation of sin, and a true purpose of amendment, arising from those supernatural motives of faith which are lower than charity, or the true love of God for his own infinite perfections. Such motives are a love of justice for its own sake, the intrinsic shamefulness of sin, the fear of divine punishment, etc. Attrition remits sin only when complemented by the grace conferred through sacramental absolution. See
- n. wearing or grinding down by friction
- n. the gradual reduction in a tangible or intangible resource due to causes that are passive and do not involve productive use of the resource.
- n. A gradual, natural reduction in membership or personnel, as through retirement, resignation, or death
- n. sciences The loss of participants during an experiment
- n. theology Imperfect contrition or remorse
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion.
- n. The state of being worn.
- n. (Theol.) Grief for sin arising only from fear of punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition.
- n. sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
- n. a wearing down to weaken or destroy
- n. the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water or wind or ice
- n. erosion by friction
- n. the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by friction
- From Latin attritio ("a rubbing against"), from the verb attritus, past participle of atterere ("to wear"), from ad- ("to, towards") + terere ("to rub"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English attricioun, regret, breaking, from Old French attrition, abrasion, from Late Latin attrītiō, attrītiōn-, act of rubbing against, from Latin attrītus, past participle of atterere, to rub against : ad-, against; see ad- + terere, to rub; see terə-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Almost all of the attrition is among students with very low grades.”
“For instance; that after the long course of a most lewd and flagitious life, a man may be reconciled to God, and have his sins forgiven at the last gasp, upon confession of them to the priest, with that imperfect degree of contrition for them, which they call attrition, together with the absolution of the priest.”
“Leadership attrition is a major problem for any type of army.”
“Some of this attrition is due to financial factors indeed, but a majority of the attrition is due to other factors such as poor academic preparation.”
“All the attrition is difficult to get a read on, particularly when one of the best players to come through McDermott's program, Wesley Johnson, is starring at Syracuse.”
“Perhaps more subtly considered the "JPII priest" attrition is simply a recent example of the perennial struggle for the celibate priest in his affectivity and relationships, in his heart and most especially in his spousal and paternal love.”
“Men and women have near-equal NIH funding success at all stages of their careers, which makes it very unlikely that female attrition is due to negative selection from NIH grant-funding decisions.”
“Cry ‚ Äôs of success when attrition is allowed to meet the sacrifice that year.”
“DVDs and viewer attrition is one thing, but already we see shows with cult followings that had virtually zero ratings (cough serenity cough).”
“I think the attrition is probably a good thing in that it has forced LOST to put a stopper as to when the end is going to be and can now focus on answering questions and getting us to the end.”
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