from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Rock fragments, sand grains, mineral particles, used by water, wind, and ice to abrade a land surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Producing abrasion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to produce abrasion; having the property of abrading; abradant.
  • n. Any material having abrading qualities; an abradant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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.

    Clinton win leads to Obama boost

  • Ash can also cause long-term abrasive damage to planes that could lead to later disasters if not dealt with. - Highschool

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Apr 23, 2006

  • Carborundum is used as an abrasive, that is, as a material for grinding and polishing very hard substances.

    An Elementary Study of Chemistry

  • 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."

    The Seattle Times

  • Brisbane - The Reds have recalled abrasive lock Adam Byrnes to replace the injured Van Humphries for Friday night's Super 14 clash with the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium.

    News24 Top Stories

  • 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.

    Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now

  • Mark Cuban has been called abrasive, brash, egotistical and more.



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