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From Latin abreptus, perfect passive participle of abripiō (snatch away); from ab (away) + rapiō (snatch).


abreption (plural abreptions)

  1. (obsolete) A snatching away.
    • 1751, Benjamin Whichcote, The Works of the Learned Benjamin Whichcote, D. D.[1], 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.