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1Worn or ground down by rubbing, scraping, etc.
2Theology. Feeling 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.
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