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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • "Well—upon my soul!" exclaimed Lawrence Lefferts, turning his opera-glass abruptly away from the stage.

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  • The bus came to an abrupt stop.
  • The weather changed abruptly at about noon.

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  • "Very well; I will do what you wish," she said abruptly.
  • "I have done what you wished—what you advised," she said abruptly.

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  • "She knows nothing yet—of all this?" he asked abruptly.
  • Then, abruptly, his anger overflowed.
  • He felt like answering: "I was, till I saw you again;" but instead he stood up abruptly and glanced about him at the untidy sweltering park.
  • "And Beaufort—do you say these things to Beaufort?" he asked abruptly.
  • Her bosom was rising high under its lace, and for a moment Archer thought she was about to cry; but she burst into a laugh instead, and looking from the Marchioness to Archer, asked abruptly: "And you two—have you made friends!"
  • The desire to be the first man to enter Mrs. Mingott’s box, to proclaim to the waiting world his engagement to May Welland, and to see her through whatever difficulties her cousin’s anomalous situation might involve her in; this impulse had abruptly overruled all scruples and hesitations, and sent him hurrying through the red corridors to the farther side of the house.
  • They looked at each other for an instant and again fell silent; then, turning his eyes from hers, he asked abruptly: "Have you told any one else?"
  • Archer was alone in his office, and the young man, before accepting the seat he proffered, began abruptly: "I believe I saw you, sir, yesterday in Boston."

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  • It was generally understood that their abrupt departure was due to Madame Olenska’s desire to remove her aunt from the baleful eloquence of Dr. Agathon Carver, who had nearly succeeded in enlisting her as a recruit for the Valley of Love; and in the circumstances no one had expected either of the ladies to return for the wedding.
  • She said she did not wonder, but remarked that, after all, one could always carry an extra rug, and that every form of travel had its hardships; to which he abruptly returned that he thought them all of no account compared with the blessedness of getting away.
  • "Yes," he said abruptly; "I went south to ask May to marry me after Easter.
  • "I ran away," the writer began abruptly (without the usual preliminaries), "the day after I saw you at the play, and these kind friends have taken me in.
  • At length Archer began abruptly: "Since you’re not tired, and want to talk, there’s something I must tell you.

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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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