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 for attrition
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attrition \At*tri"tion\, n. [L. attritio: cf. F. attrition.]
     1. The act of rubbing together; friction; the act of wearing
        by friction, or by rubbing substances together; abrasion.
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              Effected by attrition of the inward stomach.
                                                    --Arbuthnot.
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     2. The state of being worn. --Johnson.
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     3. (Theol.) Grief for sin arising only from fear of
        punishment or feelings of shame. See Contrition.
        --Wallis.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  attrition
      n 1: erosion by friction [syn: abrasion, attrition,
           corrasion, detrition]
      2: the wearing down of rock particles by friction due to water
         or wind or ice [syn: grinding, abrasion, attrition,
         detrition]
      3: sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation [syn:
         attrition, contrition, contriteness]
      4: a wearing down to weaken or destroy; "a war of attrition"
      5: the act of rubbing together; wearing something down by
         friction

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  150 Moby Thesaurus words for "attrition":
     abatement, ablation, abrasion, abrasive, absorption, apologies,
     assimilation, atomization, attenuation, ayenbite of inwit, beating,
     bitterness, blunting, brecciation, buffing, burning up, burnishing,
     chafe, chafing, comminution, consumption, contriteness, contrition,
     corrosion, crumbling, crushing, curtailment, cut, cutting, damping,
     deadening, debilitation, decrease, decrement, deliquescence,
     depletion, depreciation, derogation, detraction, detrition,
     devitalization, digestion, dilution, diminution, dip,
     disintegration, disparagement, dissipation, dissolution, drain,
     dressing, dulling, eating up, effemination, enervation,
     enfeeblement, erasure, erosion, evisceration, exhaustion,
     expending, expenditure, extenuation, extraction, fatigue, filing,
     finishing, fragmentation, fretting, galling, granulation,
     granulization, grating, grazing, grief, grinding, impairment,
     impoverishment, inanition, ingestion, languishment, lessening,
     levigation, limation, loss, mashing, mitigation, penance,
     penitently, polishing, pounding, powdering, rasping, reduction,
     regret, regretfulness, regrets, regretting, relaxation, remission,
     remorse, remorse of conscience, remorsefulness, repentance,
     repining, retraction, retrenchment, rubbing away, rue, ruth,
     sandblasting, sanding, scouring, scrape, scraping, scratch,
     scratching, scrub, scrubbing, scuff, shame, shamefacedness,
     shamefastness, shamefulness, shining, shortening, shredding,
     shrinkage, slackening, smashing, smoothing, softening, sorriness,
     sorrow, spending, squandering, thinning, trituration, truncation,
     using up, wastage, waste, wastefulness, wasting away, weakening,
     wear, wear and tear, wearing away, wearing down, wistfulness
  
  

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