GRE Word List

ATTRITION

rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition

The meaning of the word attrition is rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition.

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comprehendinclude; understand
rebukescold harshly; criticize severely
ingraineddeeply established; firmly rooted; Ex. ingrained dirt/prejudice
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suppliantentreating; beseeching; N.
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