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.

Random words

WordMeaning
meretriciousflashy; tawdry; attractive on the surface but of no real value; Ex. metericious argument/jewel; CF. prostitute
ethnologystudy of humankind; study of the different races of human beings; CF. anthropology
blasphemyirreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; V. blasphem; ADJ. blasphemous; CF. sacrilege
monotheismbelief in one God
amenitiesconvenient features that helps to make life pleasant; social courtesies
insubstantiallacking substance; insignificant; frail; immaterial
abrasiverubbing away; tending to grind down
unprepossessingunattractive
urchinmischievous child (usually a boy); CF. urchin: hedgehog; CF. porcupine: pig with spikes ?; CF. sea urchin
animatedlively; spirited