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- (obsolete, rare) Broken away (from restraint). [Attested only in the late 16th century.]
- Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived.
- Curt in manner; brusque; rude; uncivil; impolite. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- The abrupt style, which hath many breaches.
- (obsolete) Broken off. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.]
- Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (botany) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
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- (precipitous): broken, rough, rugged
- (without time to prepare): brusque, sudden
- (uncivil):blunt, brusque
- (without transition): disconnected, unexpected
curt in manner
having sudden transitions from one state to next
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- (transitive, archaic) To tear off or asunder. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- To interrupt suddenly. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
abrupt (plural abrupts)
- (poetic) Something which is abrupt; an abyss. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- 2003 , Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, edition 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 8:
- ^ 1976 , Gove, Philip Babcock editor, Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged, Springfield, MA: G. & C. Merriam Co., ISBN 0-87779-101-5, page 6:
- Extremely steep, near vertical.
- Curt and abrupt.
- Done or said forwardly and without caution to avoid shocking.
Declension of abrupt