toggle menu
1000+ books


used in a sentence
2 meanings
(click/touch triangles for details)
1  —as in:
abrasive personality
Definition direct in a disagreeable, insensitive manner
  • She has an abrasive personality.
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He rolled along with every inexplicable order from his superiors, every foolish act of his inferiors, and every abrasive personality that military life could throw at an officer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • abrasive = rough or disagreeable
  • His voice was abrasive, but he brought it back to a muffled whisper in a hurry.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • abrasive = rough or disagreeable
  • "Why wasn't the Agency informed of this tip you received seven months ago?" asked the CIA's Knowlton abrasively.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • She laughed abrasively.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Rather abrasively.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I want to be careful, that's all," said Bourne abrasively.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®
2  —as in:
rub with an abrasive
Definition a substance that wears down another surface (abrades)
  • He cleaned it with an abrasive.
abrasive = a substance that wears down another surface (abrades)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • I pull a napkin out of the holder and wipe the abrasive paper across my eyes.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • abrasive = rough (a substance that abrades or wears away what it rubs against)
  • It would take abrasives and chemicals—offhand, he wasn't even sure what kind—and scrubbing and scraping and grinding; and still, traces of blue would remain.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list —®
Search for other examples by interest
General — Google News®
General — Time® Magazine
General — Wikipedia®
Architecture — Google® books - Architecture
Business — Bloomberg®
Business — The Economist®
Classic Literature — Google® books - Classical Literature
Engineering — Google® books - Engineering
Engineering — Popular Mechanics®
Engineering — Discover Magazine®
Fine Arts & Music — Google® books - Art
History — Google® books - History
Human Behavior — Google® books - Psychology
Human Behavior — Psychology Today®
Law — FindLaw®
Law — Google® books - Law
Logic & Reasoning — Google® books - Reasoning
Medicine — Web MD®
Medicine — Google® books - Medicine
Nature & Ecology — National Geographic®
Nature & Ecology — Google® books - Nature
Personal Finance — Kiplinger® (Personal Finance)
Philosophy — Google® books - Philosophy
Public Policy & Politics — Newsweek®
Public Policy & Politics — Real Clear Politics®
Public Policy & Politics — Google® books - Politics
Religion & Spirtuality — Google® books - Religion
Religion - Christianity — Bible Gateway®
Religion - Christianity — Google® books - Christianity
Science — Popular Science®
Science — Scientific American®
Science — Google® books - Science
Sports — Sports Illustrated®