Abrasive

Adjective

  • Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation. [First attested in 1925.]

    "An abrasive person can grate on one's sensibilities."

  • Producing abrasion; rough enough to wear away the outer surface. [First attested in 1805.]
  • Being rough and coarse in manner or disposition; causing irritation. [First attested in 1925.]

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

Noun

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