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abrupt
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The Idiot
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  • "Do you know the Rogojins?" asked his questioner, abruptly.
  • Then he reflected, blinked his eyes, stared at his guest once more from head to foot; then abruptly motioned him to a chair, sat down himself, and waited with some impatience for the prince to speak.

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  • Then, satisfied that he had worked up Muishkin’s curiosity to the highest pitch, he added abruptly: "She is afraid of Aglaya Ivanovna."
  • As he ended thus abruptly, he leant forward, staring at the prince with his short-sighted, bloodshot eyes.
  • Burdovsky got up abruptly.
  • "Well, good-bye," he said abruptly.
  • "I don’t believe it!" said the prince abruptly, after a short pause.
  • "How extremely stupid!" cried Mrs. Epanchin, giving back the letter abruptly.
  • Everybody laughed, and Lebedeff got up abruptly.
  • All he said and did was abrupt, confused, feverish—very likely the words he spoke, as often as not, were not those he wished to say.

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  • Suddenly Rogojin burst into a loud abrupt laugh, as though he had quite forgotten that they must speak in whispers.
  • "And the general?" he asked, abruptly.
  • The information was given in the form of a command, without explanation, drily and abruptly.
  • He broke off abruptly, and could not add another word.
  • "No—I know nothing about it," said Nastasia, drily and abruptly.
  • "Oh, it was about the general," began the prince, waking abruptly from the fit of musing which he too had indulged in "and-and about the theft you told me of."
  • He would abruptly commence to hold forth about the Epanchins, about Lebedeff, or the prince, and equally abruptly would stop short and refuse to speak another word, answering all further questions with a stupid smile, unconscious that he was smiling, or that he had been asked a question.
  • He would abruptly commence to hold forth about the Epanchins, about Lebedeff, or the prince, and equally abruptly would stop short and refuse to speak another word, answering all further questions with a stupid smile, unconscious that he was smiling, or that he had been asked a question.
  • " "Enough," cried Lizabetha Prokofievna abruptly, trembling with anger, "we have had enough of this balderdash!"
  • " ’If I—’ he began, breaking off abruptly every other moment, and starting another sentence.
  • " ’Child,’ he said, abruptly.
  • Of course his strange frame of mind was sufficient to account for his conduct; but, still, it seemed queer to the prince that he should so abruptly drop a conversation commenced by himself.

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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
as in: she is abrupt Define
rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
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