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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brey-siv, -ziv]
    • /əˈbreɪ sɪv, -zɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-brey-siv, -ziv]
    • /əˈbreɪ sɪv, -zɪv/

Definitions of abrasively word

  • adverb abrasively in an abrupt manner 3
  • noun abrasively any material or substance used for grinding, polishing, etc., as emery, pumice, or sandpaper. 1
  • adjective abrasively tending to abrade; causing abrasion; abrading. 1
  • adjective abrasively tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive: an abrasive personality. 1
  • noun abrasively In an abrasive manner; in a rude and unkind manner; acting in a way that may hurt other people's feelings. 1
  • adverb abrasively Hardly; roughly; in a rough manner. 0

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Origin of abrasively

First appearance:

before 1870
One of the 26% newest English words
1870-75; < Latin abrās(us) (see abrasion) + -ive

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Parts of speech for Abrasively


abrasively popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for abrasively

adverb abrasively

  • harshly — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • roughly — having a coarse or uneven surface, as from projections, irregularities, or breaks; not smooth: rough, red hands; a rough road.
  • brusquely — abrupt in manner; blunt; rough: A brusque welcome greeted his unexpected return.
  • aggressively — characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country.
  • unfeeling — not feeling; devoid of feeling; insensible or insensate.

Antonyms for abrasively

adverb abrasively

  • gently — kindly; amiable: a gentle manner.

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