Definition of attrit in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈtrit/

verb (attrits, attritting, attritted)

[with object] US informal
Wear down (an opponent or enemy) by sustained action: his defense was designed to attrit us
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  • Under some rare and fortunate circumstances, you can attrit the enemy without actually killing him.
  • While the men have been working inside the city, other Marines have been relentlessly chasing and attriting the enemy outside the city.
  • Until we achieve this level of coordination of effective fire and movement, the enemy will use their superior firepower to attrit us before we can close with and destroy them.


World War I: back-formation from attrition.

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Syllabification: at·trit

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