Definition of abrasive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈbreɪsɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈbreɪsɪv//
    Describing unpleasant traits
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  1. 1an abrasive substance is rough and can be used to clean a surface or to make it smooth abrasive kitchen cleaners Rub down with fine abrasive paper. The cleaner has a mildly abrasive action.
  2. 2(of a person or their manner) rude and unkind; acting in a way that may hurt other people’s feelings an abrasive style/tone/comment Throughout his career he was known for his abrasive manner. See related entries: Describing unpleasant traits
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent. (as a noun): from Latin abras- ‘abraded’, from the verb abradere, ‘to scrape’, + -ive.
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