any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper.
tending to ; causing ; .
tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive:
an abrasive personality.
a substance or material such as sandpaper, pumice, or emery, used for cleaning, grinding, smoothing, or polishing
causing abrasion; grating; rough
irritating in manner or personality; causing tension or annoyance
“an abrasive substance,” 1853, from abrasive (adj.).
1805, from Latin abras-, past participle stem of abradere (see abrasion) + -ive. Figurative sense of “tending to provoke anger” is first recorded 1925. Related: Abrasively; abrasiveness.
abrasive a·bra·sive (ə-brā’sĭv, -zĭv)
Causing abrasion. n.
A material used to produce abrasion.
any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper. tending to ; causing ; . tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive: an abrasive personality. Contemporary Examples When in disagreement, Scalia became known for the “abrasiveness of his attacks against opponents.” The Outside Game of Justice Scalia, a […]
noun the act or process of abrasion Examples Happily some cracks, abrasures of the soil, and other irregularities, served the place of steps; and we descended slowly; allowing our heavy luggage to slip. Word Origin by 1820 Historical Examples He did not feel the torn skin on face and hands, nor know that a fresh […]
a word of unknown significance found on charms, especially amulets, of the late Greco-Roman world and linked with both Gnostic beliefs and magical practices by the early church fathers. Historical Examples Amulets in the form of inscriptions were called “Characts,” the word abraxas being an example. Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing George Barton Cutten […]
an embrace, used in greeting someone. noun a hug or embrace upon greeting or parting, esp. in Spain and Latin America Examples The abrazo given as a greeting or sign of affection devoid of sexual overtures. Word Origin Spanish term