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a·bra·sive

abrasive

 
pronunciation:
breI sihv
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition: a material or substance used to grind or polish surfaces.
Sandpaper is used as an abrasive on wood.
synonyms:
abradant
similar words:
cleanser, corrosive, emery, file, grindstone, millstone, pumice, rasp, sandpaper, whetstone
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: causing abrasion to a physical surface or irritation to one's senses.
This cleanser is too abrasive to use on fine glassware.I shiver when I hear that abrasive laugh of his.
synonyms:
abradant, erosive, harsh
antonyms:
mellifluous, mild
similar words:
biting, caustic, coarse, corrosive, cutting, rough, scratchy
definition 2: causing or tending to cause offense or irritation through harshness or insensitivity.
I was put off by his abrasive manner, especially the way he snapped at the waiter all through dinner.She is abrasive in the way she treats the customers, and it's certainly bad for business.
synonyms:
irritating
similar words:
aggressive, galling, grating, offensive, rude
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derivations: abrasively (adv.), abrasiveness (n.)
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