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adjective as in harsh in sound

adjective as in abrading

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The hospital had exhausted its portable tanks, and the new lines were rushing oxygen from exam rooms to the row of rasping patients on the wall.

She could barely hear over the rhythmic rasping of a knife being sharpened in long, aggressive sweeps.

It was but child's play for so strong a man as Mr. Steele to shake off so futile a grasp, and he did so with a rasping laugh.

You had perceived upon what measure of aggression, upon what rasping unkindnesses, the applause of your fellows was bestowed.

A low call came from a brooding curlew, a faint sigh from a plover, and the wild rasping cry of a lapwing greeted them overhead.

The twisted bar of iron stands out from the door and the ring is drawn up and down over a series of nicks, making a rasping noise.

Broken crystal littered the floor in shards and puddles of strange chemicals mingled smells to become a throat-rasping fog.


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On this page you'll find 39 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to rasping, such as: hoarse, raspy, gravelly, gruff, guttural, and harsh.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.