abruption (plural abruptions)
- (archaic) A sudden termination or interruption. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- A sudden breaking off; a violent separation of bodies. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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 , with a whole slew of redundant entries on the last phrase.
- “abruption” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 8.