Definition of attrite in English:


Pronunciation /əˈtrʌɪt/


  • 1Worn or ground down by rubbing, scraping, etc.

  • 2Feeling or expressing attrition. Contrasted with contrite.


Late 15th century; earliest use found in Higden's Polychronicon. From classical Latin attrītus worn down by use, worn, made smooth, hardened, brazen, in post-classical Latin also feeling or expressing attrition, use as adjective of past participle of atterere attrit.