abrasive tone

abrasive tone

A sound that is grating, dissonant, or generally unpleasant to hear. I find that a lot of music has such an abrasive tone these days that I can't even bear to listen to it.
See also: tone
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But a senior Israeli minister struck a less cynical and abrasive tone than usual in a briefing with foreign media representatives in Jerusalem on Oct 14, saying he was not so pessimistic about the chances of success.
Everything he said about Ringo was exactly right, particularly the abrasive tone he showed in so many TV interviews over the weekend also, picking up on his "it's work" comment.
Abrasive tone did nothing for the Marriage of Figaro overture, but made Gershwin's Girl Crazy overture and Lehar's Count of Luxembourg waltzes sound very glitzy.