Definitions

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  • noun Plural form of attrition.

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Examples

  • There are signs that the worse is over, but recovery may still be a long, winding and painful road of hope and despair that could still see more attritions.

    Mario Almonte: Economy Unappetizing to New York City Restaurants

  • We need to stop this assault on civil liberies [sic] going further, we need to roll back the attritions they have already suffered, and we need a rock solid written consitution [sic; bad day for the subs, obviously] to protect us from those who aim to make us all suspects in the gaze of the unblinking universal eye.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • We need to stop this assault on civil liberies [sic] going further, we need to roll back the attritions they have already suffered, and we need a rock solid written consitution [sic; bad day for the subs, obviously] to protect us from those who aim to make us all suspects in the gaze of the unblinking universal eye.

    AC Grayling Isn't Happy -- Nor Should We Be

  • This is a vague statement; and to draw a sharper line of discrimination, we should say that he is generally successful -- sometimes admirably so -- in drawing personages in whom strong primitive traits have not been effaced by the attritions of artificial life, and generally unsuccessful when he deals with those in whom the original characteristics are less marked, or who have been smoothed by education and polished by society.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 09, No. 51, January, 1862

  • Many changes were to pass over its head during the nearly four centuries which elapsed ere it was touched once more by the pen of genius, changes wrought by the havoc of fire and the attritions of the hand of time.

    Inns and Taverns of Old London

  • And this church was distinguished among the apostolic churches for its family traits, for the infusion of feminine grace and masculine strength, for the most domestic hospitality and the very faults of the close attritions of human life.

    The American Missionary — Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889

  • If you will only look below the surface, below the superficial manifestations which are full of irritation and attritions between one man and another, you will really get down to the genuine gold of the human heart.

    Salubrities I Have Met

  • To stopper the holes made by the wear and tear of intensive training, the attritions of sickness and of transfers, the losses by death and by wounding as suffered in the first small spells of campaigning, replacements came up from the depots, enriching the local colour of the division with new types and strange accents.

    From Place to Place

  • Like the every-day life of men with its imperceptible attritions was the insensible growth and decay of things; as the tumult of his emotions were the storms and catastrophes that convulse the face of nature.

    Apologia Diffidentis

  • It is these small attritions that wear us down, and produce a sub-acid dislike between nations as between individuals.

    Germany and the Germans From an American Point of View

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