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abrupt

[uh-bruhpt] /əˈbrʌpt/
adjective
1.
sudden or unexpected:
an abrupt departure.
2.
curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.:
an abrupt reply.
3.
terminating or changing suddenly:
an abrupt turn in a road.
4.
having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness:
an abrupt writing style.
5.
steep; precipitous:
an abrupt descent.
6.
Botany, truncate (def 4).
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin abruptus broken off (past participle of abrumpere), equivalent to ab- ab- + -rup- break + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
abruptly, adverb
abruptness, noun
unabruptly, adverb
Synonyms
1, 3. quick, sharp. See sudden. 2. short, hurried, hasty, blunt. 4. discontinuous, broken, uneven.
Antonyms
1, 3. gradual. 2. deliberate; patient, courteous.
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  • Press hard enough, and the light abruptly turns on.
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British Dictionary definitions for abruptly

abrupt

/əˈbrʌpt/
adjective
1.
sudden; unexpected
2.
brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt
3.
(of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected
4.
precipitous; steep
5.
(botany) shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
6.
(geology) (of strata) cropping out suddenly
Derived Forms
abruptly, adverb
abruptness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin abruptus broken off, from ab-1 + rumpere to break
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Word Origin and History for abruptly

abrupt

adj.

1580s, from Latin abruptus "broken off, precipitous, disconnected," past participle of abrumpere "break off," from ab- "off" (see ab-) + rumpere "break" (see rupture (n.)). Related: Abruptly; abruptness.

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