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Definition of "abrupt" []

  • Unexpectedly sudden: an abrupt change in the weather. (adjective)
  • Surprisingly curt; brusque: an abrupt answer made in anger. (adjective)
  • Touching on one subject after another with sudden transitions: abrupt prose. (adjective)
  • Steeply inclined. See Synonyms at steep1. (adjective)
  • Botany Terminating suddenly rather than gradually; truncate: an abrupt leaf. (adjective)
  • Sudden; unexpected (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt (adjective)
  • (of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected (adjective)
  • Precipitous; steep (adjective)
  • Shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate (adjective)
  • (of strata) cropping out suddenly (adjective)

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Use "abrupt" in a sentence
  • "The term abrupt climate change arose in the study of past climate."
  • ""No," she said, a word abrupt and uncommon to her, putting the ka’athyra back on its shelf with finality."
  • "Ah Cho looked at him in abrupt perplexity and said:"