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.
an abrupt descent.
Botany, (def 4).
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The interrogation came with an abrupt force that cried of new suspicions.
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The person who reads a monologue aloud will find that its abrupt transitions are a great help, and not a hindrance.
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brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt
(of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected
(botany) shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
(geology) (of strata) cropping out suddenly
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.
- Abruptio placentae
abruptio placentae abruptio placentae ab·rup·ti·o pla·cen·tae (ə-brŭp’shē-ō’ plə-sěn’tē’) n. The premature detachment of a normally situated placenta.
a sudden breaking off. Historical Examples By this abruption, posterity lost more instruction than delight. Lives of the English Poets: Waller, Milton, Cowley Samuel Johnson The comma is the note of connection and continuity of sentences; the period is the note of abruption and disjunction. Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies Samuel Johnson noun […]
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 Back […]
- Abruptly pinnate
. Historical Examples The plant is an annual of diffuse habit, with hairy stem, and two-paired, abruptly pinnate leaflets. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 5 Various Fig. 158 is evenly or abruptly pinnate, as in the Honey-Locust. The Elements of Botany Asa Gray Leaves opposite, abruptly pinnate with a stylet in place of […]