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/ əˈbrʌpt /
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sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure.
curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.: an abrupt reply.
terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road.
having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness: an abrupt writing style.
steep; precipitous: an abrupt descent.



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Origin of abrupt

First recorded in 1575–85; from Latin abruptus “broken off”(past participle of abrumpere), equivalent to ab-ab- + -rup- “break” + -tus past participle suffix
1, 3. See sudden.
ab·rupt·ly, adverbab·rupt·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abrupt

/ (əˈbrʌpt) /


sudden; unexpected
brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt
(of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected
precipitous; steep
botany shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
geology (of strata) cropping out suddenly
abruptly, adverbabruptness, noun
C16: from Latin abruptus broken off, from ab- 1 + rumpere to break
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