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).
Given the abruptness of his departure, he may yet have to decide himself, aides and friends say.
Gen. McChrystal: Future Bookstore Owner? Ellen Knickmeyer June 28, 2010
I beg, madam, he said, you will excuse the abruptness of my manner in our late interview.
The Minister’s Wooing Harriet Beecher Stowe
He admitted the impeachment in the midst of his astonishment with an abruptness equal to her own.
The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
His conception was apt to be fantastic, while his colouring was vivid to abruptness, and he was deficient in charm of expression.
The Old Masters and Their Pictures Sarah Tytler
He stopped in the middle of the room with an abruptness which portended something.
The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
She pulled herself up suddenly, and looked furtively at Mr. Preston to see if he had taken any notice of her abruptness.
Wives and Daughters Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
“I was thinking of Cousin Jack,” she said, a little startled at his abruptness.
Trent’s Trust and Other Stories Bret Harte
Qualities of Shakspere’s style: energy, obscurity, abruptness, brevity (in late plays).
A Letter on Shakspere’s Authorship of The Two Noble Kinsmen William Spalding
“Your sister is beautiful,” she said, with an abruptness that was almost anger.
A Little Girl in Old Quebec Amanda Millie Douglas
The abruptness with which Edward Vernon retired from the discussion with his partner and agent had a singular effect upon both.
Hester, Volume 3 (of 3) Margaret Oliphant
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.
Duke of the (Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy-Aosta) 1873–1933, Italian naval officer, mountain climber, and Arctic explorer. Historical Examples The same is true of the Abruzzi and of Apulia; in the case of the latter the date should perhaps be put even later. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 8 Various He was a […]
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noun another name for antilock brake