abruption

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Etymology[edit]

abrupt +‎ -tion. From Latin abruptio, from abrumpo (to break off).

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Noun[edit]

abruption (plural abruptions)

  1. (archaic) A sudden termination or interruption. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
  2. A sudden breaking off; a violent separation of bodies. [First attested in the mid 17th century.][1]
    • 1837, Samuel Johnson, The Life of Cowley:
      By this abruption posterity lost more instruction than delight. Johnson, Life of Cowley.
    • 1996, Richard Taruskin, Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions, page 336:
      After a startling abruption and a slow recovery, the canonic process is resumed at [7], with a whole slew of redundant entries on the last phrase.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 8