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abrupt
used in
Far from the Madding Crowd
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abrupt
Used in
Far from the Madding Crowd
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  • Standing in the centre, the sky overhead was met by a circular horizon of fern: this grew nearly to the bottom of the slope and then abruptly ceased.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The wind, which had been blowing east for several weeks, had veered to the southward, and the middle of spring had come abruptly—almost without a beginning.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The rattle of the quarter-jack again from its niche, its blows for three-quarters, its fussy retreat, were almost painfully abrupt, and caused many of the congregation to start palpably.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The speech and entry had not seemed to be at all an abrupt beginning to the maltster, introductory matter being often omitted in this neighbourhood, both from word and deed, and the maltster having the same latitude allowed him, did not hurry to reply.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • They continued playing for a quarter of an hour or so, when the game concluded abruptly, and the players leapt over the wall and vanished round to the other side behind a yew-tree, which was also half behind a beech, now spreading in one mass of golden foliage, on which the branches traced black lines.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • "I did at last—not at first," he answered, somewhat surprised at the abruptness with which this new subject was broached.  (not reviewed by editor)

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as in: an abrupt change
as in: she is abrupt
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