abruptness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

abrupt +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈbɹʌp.nəs/, /əˈbɹʌpt.nəs/

Noun[edit]

abruptness (plural abruptnesses)

  1. The state of being abrupt or broken; craggedness; ruggedness; steepness. [First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
  2. Suddenness; unceremonious haste or vehemence[First attested in the early 17th century.][1]
    • 1853-6, Thomas Browne, To a friend intending a difficult work
      So be neither diffuse with damp and slippery words nor blunt the edge of your discourse by abruptness of style. Study in particular the purest period of style, that those who move only to Ciceronian rhythm call you not a Celt.

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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 978-0198605751), page 8