abrupt /əˈbrʌpt/


I. adjective

1. sudden and unexpected

I was surprised by the abrupt change of subject
the match came to an abrupt end.
2. brief to the point of rudeness; curt

you were rather abrupt with that young man.
3. (of a style of speech or writing) not flowing smoothly; disjointed.

abrupt, epigrammatic paragraphs.
an occasionally abrupt narrative.
4. steep; precipitous

the abrupt double peak.
II. derivatives

abruptness /əˈbrʌptnəs /

– origin late 16th cent.: from Latin abruptus ‘broken off, steep’, past participle of abrumpere, from ab- ‘away, from’ + rumpere ‘break’.

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