abrasive
[ uh-brey-siv ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid-19th century; Latin;from abras- "abraded," from the verb abradere, + -ive
Synonyms
    1.
  • coarse grinding polishing erosive rough gritty
    2.
  • annoying biting caustic harsh irritating
Antonyms
    1.
  • fine smooth slippery
    2.
  • agreeable calm easygoing kind
Definition
1.tending to abrade; causing abrasion; abrading
2.tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive
Examples
1.A) Unfortunately, the pavement proved unforgiving and abrasive to her exposed knees, leaving both skinned. B) It took hours with an abrasive tool to get the rust off.
2.A) His abrasive personality managed to alienate both coworkers and clients, which only accelerated a confrontation with management. B) As he treated her with increased rudeness, she began to show a more abrasive side to her personality.
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