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Abrahamitic
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abrasive definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: causing abrasion [syn: abrasive, scratchy]
2: sharply disagreeable; rigorous; "the harsh facts of court delays"; "an abrasive character" [syn: harsh, abrasive] n
1: a substance that abrades or wears down [syn: abrasive, abradant, abrasive material]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1853 a substance (as emery or pumice) used for abrading, smoothing, or polishing II. adjective Date: 1875 1. tending to abrade 2. causing irritation <abrasive manners> abrasively adverb abrasiveness noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & n. --adj. 1 a tending to rub or graze. b capable of polishing by rubbing or grinding. 2 harsh or hurtful in manner. --n. an abrasive substance. Etymology: as ABRADE + -IVE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Abrasive Ab*ra"sive, a. Producing abrasion. --Ure.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Someone who has an abrasive manner is unkind and rude. His abrasive manner has won him an unenviable notoriety... ADJ 2. An abrasive substance is rough and can be used to clean hard surfaces. ...a new all-purpose, non-abrasive cleaner. ADJ

Moby Thesaurus

ablation, ablative, abradant, abrasion, aluminum oxide, attrition, attritive, auto polish, buffing, burnish, burnishing, chafe, chafing, colcothar, corundum, crocus, detrition, dressing, emery, emery board, emery paper, erasure, erosion, erosive, file, filing, fretting, galling, garnet, gnawing, grazing, grinding, lawn-roller, limation, nail file, polish, polishes, polishing, pumice, pumice stone, rasp, rasping, roller, rottenstone, rouge, rubbing away, sandblasting, sanding, sandpaper, scouring, scrape, scraping, scratch, scratching, scrub, scrubbing, scuff, shining, shoe polish, silicon carbide, silver polish, sleeker, slicker, smooth, smoother, smoothing, wax, wear, wearing away



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