V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. harsh and disagreeable in manner; 2. harsh and aggressive in action
Synonyms: disagreeable, aggressive, harsh, sharp, rigorous, grating, offensive, irritating, rough, coarse
Antonyms: soft, pleasant
Tips: The word abrasive can also be used as a noun, referring to a substance used to polish surfaces, like a household cleaner. Therefore, the adjective form of abrasive describes something or someone harsh, grating, or aggressive, whether in composition or temperament. The related word abrasion is a noun and refers to skin that has been torn or worn off due to injury.
He has an abrasive personality that offends most people he meets. (disagreeable, aggressive)
I think you'll need an abrasive to clean that stain from the sink. (harsh cleanser) noun
The reporter offended the politician with the abrasive manner in which she asked her questions. (offensive, sharp, aggressive)
The business man's publicist asked him to soften his voice so he would appear less abrasive. (rough, aggressive)
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