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abreption (plural abreptions)
- (obsolete) A snatching away.
1751, Benjamin Whichcote, The Works of the Learned Benjamin Whichcote, D. D., page 135:
- Who now and then are under an error, having failings, imperfections, and shortnesses . . . You never find these men are called Sinners; neither are the infirmities of the regenerate, the sincere and upright-hearted called Sins, such as these sudden incursions and abreptions, when their thoughts are snatched away from them, either in praying or hearing.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.