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Abrupt

Abrupt Meaning & Definition
Abrupt Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Abrupt?

[adj] surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner; "an abrupt reply"
[adj] exceedingly sudden and unexpected; "came to an abrupt stop"; "an abrupt change in the weather"
[adj] extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"
[adj] marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions; "abrupt prose"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Abrupt: disconnected | discourteous | precipitous | sharp | staccato | steep | sudden

Related Terms | Find terms related to Abrupt: aggressive | arduous | bearish | beastly | bluff | blunt | blunted | blunt-edged | blunt-ended | bluntish | blunt-pointed | bold | brash | breakneck | breathless | brief | brisk | brusque | casual | cavalier | churlish | crisp | crusty | curt | discourteous | dull | dulled | dull-edged | dullish | dull-pointed | edgeless | electrifying | faired | gruff | harsh | hasty | headlong | hurried | impetuous | impolite | impulsive | informal | nerve-shattering | obtuse | panting | perpendicular | plumb | plunging | pointless | precipitant | precipitate | precipitous | quick | rapid | rash | ready | rough | rounded | rude | rushing | severe | sharp | sheer | shocking | short | sideling | smoothed | snappish | snappy | snippety | snippy | speedy | startling | steep | stickle | sudden | surly | surprising | swift | truculent | unannounced | unanticipated | unceremonious | uncivil | unedged | unexpected | unforeseen | unlooked-for | unplanned | unpointed | unpredicted | unsharp | unsharpened | vertical

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Abrupt In Webster's Dictionary

\Ab*rupt"\, a. [L. abruptus, p. p. of abrumpere to break off; ab + rumpere to break. See {Rupture}.] 1. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places. ``Tumbling through ricks abrupt,'' --Thomson. 2. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. ``The cause of your abrupt departure.'' --Shak. 3. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected. The abrupt style, which hath many breaches. --B. Jonson. 4. (Bot.) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off. --Gray. Syn: Sudden; unexpected; hasty; rough; curt; unceremonious; rugged; blunt; disconnected; broken.
\Ab*rupt"\, n. [L. abruptum.] An abrupt place. [Poetic] ``Over the vast abrupt.'' --Milton.
\Ab*rupt"\, v. t. To tear off or asunder. [Obs.] ``Till death abrupts them.'' --Sir T. Browne.

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