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abrasive

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.
synonyms:
irritating
similar words:
aggressive, galling, grating, offensive, rude
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derivations: abrasively (adv.), abrasiveness (n.)
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