abrasiveness abrasiveness


  1. (n) the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
  2. (n) the quality of being sharply disagreeable



  1. Many believe Paterson's collegial approach to governance could soothe a legislature rubbed raw by Spitzer's abrasiveness.
  2. At the wings joint, he approached a small crowd of potential supporters with a combative abrasiveness that made Howard Dean seem like Mister Rogers.
  3. Skin shreds from its abrasiveness; heads hurt from its hardness.


  • County commissioner Dan Haggerty loses battle with cancer, brother speaks about loss

    One of El Paso's most humorous and outspoken politicians has lost his battle with cancer. Dan Haggerty, 64, had served 18 years as a county commissioner before passing away in his home on Friday night after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in November, 2011. Known for his sense of humor, abrasiveness, and dedication to public service, Haggerty quickly became a "people's politician," and kept ...
    on June 30, 2013     Source: KFOX 14 El Paso


  1. "Brad adds depth and a level of abrasiveness to our blue line heading into the playoffs," Detroit general manager Ken Holland said. "He's a veteran player with playoff experience that will fit in well to our lineup."
    on Feb 26, 2008 By: Ken Holland Source: SI.com

  2. "They're going to come out with a lot of urgency," Trotz said. "They're coming with the urgency, the abrasiveness. ...... It's not going to change what we're going to do."
    on Apr 22, 2010 By: Barry Trotz Source: FOXNews

  3. About the album, the Pixies' Black said "People sometimes focus too much on the dissonance and abrasiveness. There's that, but there's also a gentleness and warmth to many of their songs."
    on Dec 7, 2009 By: Frank Black Source: Bloomberg

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