from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a grating manner; harshly; offensively.

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  • adverb In a grating manner

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  • adverb in a harsh and grating manner


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  • It also echoes what was doubtless said about the Japanese during WW2 the “Arabic mind” was described by self-styled experts in terms gratingly reminiscent of the “Oriental mind”.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Interrogation by Ping Pong: 2007

  • I find something gratingly unpleasant about the commoditization of Fine Art.

    Amy Bernays: Been Counting Amy Bernays 2011

  • No doubt it was all the fault of Wilf Wooller – 14 years captain and 31 county secretary – whose fiercely combative attitude to full-on competition made gratingly uneasy our cosily pastoral sporting assumptions.

    Madcap Wilf Wooller created my Glamorgan angst | Frank Keating 2011

  • Most gratingly of all, she laughs out loud all the time to indicate joie de vivre, giggles, stares knowingly and adoringly at Edward for the entire duration: in sum, she is a thoroughly modern young female who has been beamed down intact, unchanged and unchangeable, into nineteenth century England.

    Film Maxine 2009

  • I still find the lead character (the traditional fish out of water) awfully bland, and while some of the Indian characters are well played, most are gratingly stereotypical and their responses to the various situations already way too predictable.

    Ask Matt: Fringe, Terriers, House, Bones, Fall Malaise and More! 2010

  • I find something gratingly unpleasant about the commoditization of Fine Art.

    Amy Bernays: Been Counting Amy Bernays 2011

  • Yet despite clear efforts to soften the character, he's too ineffectively written and gratingly performed to work either as a troubled soul or a charming rogue, which means he doesn't work at all.

    Escape head trauma by avoiding NBC's 'Trauma' 2009

  • Look at the time and I have gratingly produced some very bad lines about Axendo being threatened by Yugir and his thugs.

    I hate being ill nathreee 2009

  • This is all done of course, in that gratingly condescending way (think and picture Chris Matthews) that has all the subtle effect of nails filing down on a chalkboard.

    Media Elite Fall Down Again, and Again and … « Blog 2009

  • She followed this up with a stream of silly, frivolous comments at which she would laugh gratingly.

    Tough Love « Tales from the Reading Room 2009


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