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Examples from the Web for abrupt
In May 2009, however, the president had an abrupt change of heart.The Detainee Abuse Photos Obama Didn’t Want You To See|Noah Shachtman, Tim Mak|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fans felt cheated by the abrupt end of a marriage seasons in the making (to Lady Mary, played by Michelle Dockery).
Biologist Mattson is alarmed by the abrupt 2008 rise in grizzly mortality from conflicts both with livestock and hunters.
King declined to elaborate on what that “immediate and abrupt action” would be, saying only that he had “a few ideas.”Steve King: GOP Congress Should Keep Repealing Obamacare|Ben Jacobs|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The abrupt increase that night in U.S. sorties also stopped the town falling.In the Battle for Kobani, ISIS Falls Back. But for How Long?|Jamie Dettmer|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A messenger was at once dispatched to the hall with a note of apology for their abrupt departure.Frank Oldfield|T.P. Wilson
Then, with an abrupt start of surprise, the two men straightened themselves.The Market-Place|Harold Frederic
The defiant ring of this abrupt question brought Bea to her sense of the situation.Beatrice Leigh at College|Julia Augusta Schwartz
As Barclay spoke in this abrupt way to him, he started and stared wildly at the speaker.The Master of the Ceremonies|George Manville Fenn
Both of them would have been more upset had their love affair come to a sudden and abrupt close.People of Position|Stanley Portal Hyatt
British Dictionary definitions for abrupt
Word Origin for abrupt
Word Origin and History for abrupt
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.