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abrasive

See definition of abrasive on Dictionary.com
  • adj.irritating in manner
  • adj.causing wearing down by rubbing
  • nounsubstance for polishing

synonyms for abrasive

  • annoying
  • biting
  • caustic
  • harsh
  • irritating
  • cutting
  • nasty
  • rough
  • sharp
  • galling
  • hard to take
  • hateful
  • hurtful
  • rubbing the wrong way
  • spiky
  • unpleasant
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antonyms for abrasive

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  • agreeable
  • calm
  • easygoing
  • kind
  • mild
  • nice
  • pleasant
  • pleasing
  • soothing
  • moderate
  • likeable
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    Then, when it could not be easily wiped off, my industrious husband took the abrasive side of a sponge to it, leaving scratches that looked like a bear had dragged its claws across the surface.
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    That dust is so abrasive, in fact, that it can damage equipment.
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    Canberra’s policy approach was too abrasive to gather allies, however, so the government pivoted instead to support a softer resolution brought by the EU to the World Health Authority, which governs the WHO.
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    Oil or other fluids used on work are apt to drop on it and when wet for a short time the abrasive is useless.
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    Old Gilby, the pro, could be abrasive when a bone-head play disfigured the game he loved.
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    WORDS RELATED TO ABRASIVE

    • abrasive
    • acerbic
    • acid
    • acrid
    • alkaline
    • astringent
    • biting
    • corroding
    • erosive
    • keen
    • mordant
    • pungent
    • tart
    • abrading
    • abrasive
    • attritive
    • erosive
    • rasping
    • raspy
    • rough
    • scratchy
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