A war in which forces do not confront each other in direct combat with the full strength of their teams, but instead aim to wear each other down over a period of time using tactics such as guerilla warfare, sabotage and other dishonourable means of combat.

The war is a war which will not necessarily be won by superior skill but by patience and skillful resource management.
Person 1: How did you lose all your poker chips you had 3/4 of the entire box?
Person 2: It degenerated into a war of attrition

Person 1: But you had the advantage so how did you lose?
Person 2: Patience is a virtue, the enemy was virtuous.
by Super_Dash August 12, 2010

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