Abrupt



sudden or unexpected:
an abrupt departure.
curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.:
an abrupt reply.
terminating or changing suddenly:
an abrupt turn in a road.
having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness:
an abrupt writing style.
steep; precipitous:
an abrupt descent.
Botany, (def 4).
Contemporary Examples

And he was not the only Sinaloa cartel informant to suffer an abrupt reversal of fortune with ICE.
U.S. Visas Helped Fuel the Juárez Drug Wars Jason McGahan June 30, 2014

The abrupt budget cuts in the sequester would land especially hard on defense.
Defense Hawks, America Needs You Now David Frum January 30, 2013

This was an abrupt indictment of the entirely extravagant, overly commercialized, highly politicized institution of marriage.
The Power of the Wedding Dress Robin Givhan October 2, 2011

In the 14th century, four centuries of mild weather came to an abrupt halt in Europe.
When the Weather Went All Medieval: Climate Change, Famine, and Mass Death Wendy Smith June 10, 2014

In May 2009, however, the president had an abrupt change of heart.
The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak December 14, 2014

Historical Examples

Her reflections were brought to an abrupt end by what President Morton was saying.
Grace Harlowe’s Fourth Year at Overton College Jessie Graham Flower

The interrogation came with an abrupt force that cried of new suspicions.
Within the Law Marvin Dana

The person who reads a monologue aloud will find that its abrupt transitions are a great help, and not a hindrance.
Browning and the Dramatic Monologue S. S. Curry

Her abrupt entry into the room, while he was in bed, startled him.
The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine

The abrupt slant of the hill gives the building an additional story on the south side.
Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War Various

adjective
sudden; unexpected
brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt
(of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected
precipitous; steep
(botany) shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
(geology) (of strata) cropping out suddenly
adj.

1580s, from Latin abruptus “broken off, precipitous, disconnected,” past participle of abrumpere “break off,” from ab- “off” (see ab-) + rumpere “break” (see rupture (n.)). Related: Abruptly; abruptness.

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