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The Brothers Karamazov
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  • Miuesov asked Ivan abruptly.
  • If he addressed them, he was brief, abrupt, strange, and almost always rude.

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  • Alyosha looked after him, unable to believe he would go away so abruptly.
  • Mitya interrupted, and went off into his abrupt, short laugh.
  • He instantly turned round in his chair, and suddenly laughed, not his abrupt wooden laugh, but a long, quivering, inaudible nervous laugh.
  • And he turned abruptly into another street, leaving Alyosha alone in the dark.
  • He was in great haste, answered abruptly and very strangely, and at moments seemed not at all dejected but quite cheerful.
  • He spoke strangely, often frowning, and stopping abruptly.
  • Mitya turned abruptly, sat astride on his chair, and swung his arm.
  • And the desire to speak to her, and so find out, became so pressing and importunate that when he was half-way home he turned abruptly and went towards the house where Grushenka lodged.

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  • Ivan asked abruptly and sullenly, doing his utmost to restrain himself, and suddenly realizing, with disgust, that he was feeling intense curiosity and would not, on any account, have gone away without satisfying it.
  • If he roused himself from his brooding and began to talk, he always spoke with a kind of abruptness and never of what he really wanted to say.
  • Up to the very last day, Smurov did not know that Kolya meant to go to Ilusha that morning, and only the evening before, as he parted from Smurov, Kolya abruptly told him to wait at home for him next morning, for he would go with him to the Snegiryovs’, but warned him on no account to say he was coming, as he wanted to drop in casually.
  • And so in response to their reiterated questions he answered briefly and abruptly: "Well, I made up my mind to kill myself.
  • That’s my opinion, I hope I shall never change it," Kolya finished abruptly.
  • Mitya nodded and in a subdued voice repeated several times abruptly to his counsel, with no show of regret: "I won’t again, I won’t.

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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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