American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Causing abrasion: scratched the stovetop with an abrasive cleanser.
- adj. Harsh and rough in manner: an unpleasant, abrasive personality.
- n. A substance that abrades.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Tending to produce abrasion; having the property of abrading; abradant.
- n. Any material having abrading qualities; an abradant.
- n. geology Rock fragments, sand grains, mineral particles, used by water, wind, and ice to abrade a land surface.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Producing abrasion.
- adj. causing abrasion
- n. a substance that abrades or wears down
- adj. sharply disagreeable; rigorous.
- abrase + -ive (Wiktionary)
“She is trying hard not to be negative, although her supporters remain abrasive and insulting.”
“Ash can also cause long-term abrasive damage to planes that could lead to later disasters if not dealt with.”
“Remarkably for someone whose truly avant garde music has been described as abrasive, inaccessible, abyssal and suicidally dark "This isn't a funk session," he once cautioned a collaborator in the studio, Scott Walker personally projects an almost wholesome image and still speaks with a Midwestern accent after decades spent overseas; nevertheless, he speaks about his music and his goals for his music with unyielding focus and passion.”
“It takes a special talent to make it as a guy whom allies call abrasive, brutal, and prosecutorial.”
“Carborundum is used as an abrasive, that is, as a material for grinding and polishing very hard substances.”
“He's also known as an abrasive, often profane political operative with a famous take-no-prisoners style that was even parodied on "Saturday Night Live.”
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“Thibodeau is known as abrasive, in a state of constant apoplexy on the sidelines.”
“RealTechNews Mark Cuban has been called abrasive, brash, egotistical and more.”
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