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Definitions of abrupt

  1. To tear off or asunder. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. An abrupt place. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Abruptly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner; "an abrupt reply" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Suddenly terminating, as if cut off. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Broken; ending suddenly; steep; rough; unceremonious or discourteous; unconnected; sudden. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. The opposite of gradual, as if broken off: sudden: unexpected. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Sudden; broken off. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Not expected; sudden; broken off; disconnected; steep. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Steep: craggy; sudden; terminating abruptly, as if the end were cut off. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. Appearing as if broken, or cut off, at the extremity. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for abrupt

  1. She hastened towards the window, but paused at the abrupt opening of the door. – The Zeppelin's Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. At the door Miss Salome came to an abrupt stop. – The Very Small Person by Annie Hamilton Donnell
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