Abrasive meaning

ə-brāsĭv, -zĭv
Harsh and rough in manner.

An unpleasant, abrasive personality.

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The definition of abrasive is something that is harsh or rough, often to an unpleasant degree.

An example of abrasive is the attitude of your boss who is always short tempered and yelling at you.

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A substance that abrades.
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Causing abrasion.

Scratched the stovetop with an abrasive cleanser.

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Something that is used for grinding, polishing, etc., as sandpaper or emery.
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Causing abrasion.
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Tending to provoke anger, ill will, etc.; aggressively annoying; irritating.
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Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation. [First attested in 1925.]

An abrasive person can grate on one's sensibilities.

Despite her proper upbringing, we found her manners to be terribly abrasive.

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A substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, smoothing, or polishing. [First attested in the mid 19th century.]
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(geology) Rock fragments, sand grains, mineral particles, used by water, wind, and ice to abrade a land surface.
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Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface. [First attested in 1805.]
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Origin of abrasive

  • abrase +‎ -ive

    From Wiktionary