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abrupt -- as in: an abrupt change
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as in: an abrupt change Define
sudden and unexpected
  • The bus came to an abrupt stop.
  • The weather changed abruptly at about noon.
  • He hesitated, then he said in a low strange voice: "That’s peace-real peace. To come to the end—not to have to go on…. Yes, peace…."
    He turned abruptly and walked away.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Apa grabs her by the shoulder and stops her in one abrupt movement.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven

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  • Harry had just opened his mouth to say hello when Justin caught sight of him, turned abruptly, and sped off in the opposite direction.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • She began to clap madly in rhythm until the tune came to an abrupt end.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • "What happened?" said Hermione anxiously, stopping so abruptly that Harry walked into her.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • I realised abruptly that I was locked in.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • It was abrupt, as if the plane had turned.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • And then he must have caught sight of me because he drew back abruptly,
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca

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  • All conversation had come to an abrupt halt, so Jeb’s words were clear for everyone to hear.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • The heavy firing that had broken out while we were driving down Maybury Hill ceased as abruptly as it began,
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • The barrage lasted for fifteen seconds, then stopped abruptly.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • Her father turned around so abruptly that the book almost fell from her hand.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • It stopped abruptly, for no visible reason,
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The conductor stopped abruptly.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • His wild flight ceased abruptly.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • She had stormed out of the room then, ripping the radio out of the socket, abruptly stopping Angel’s dance.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Forged by Fire
  • Turning abruptly, he said, "Let’s go see Dallas."
    S.E. Hinton  --  The Outsiders
  • Melanie stopped speaking and abruptly the anger left her face and sorrow swamped it.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He growled—an abrupt, shocking rasp of sound—and the blackest fury rolled across his expression like storm clouds.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • A couple of miles further on the stretch of forest came to an abrupt end, and we found ourselves looking across a narrow, cultivated valley.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • It was as though he had been hurtling toward this point for weeks, months, maybe even years, but how he had come to an abrupt halt, run out of road.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Abruptly, not knowing beforehand that he would do it, he plucked the small ring from his little finger.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • He stopped talking abruptly, as if he’d said something he hadn’t meant to.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Panic is abrupt.
    Sharon M. Draper  --  Tears of a Tiger
  • Stella rises abruptly and turns her back.
    Tennessee Williams  --  A Streetcar Named Desire
  • With abrupt decision, Paul...
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • "Hold on," Zero said, stopping abruptly.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • In April the winter ceased abruptly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • An abrupt sound startled him.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • The Surgeon looked, and for all his self-command, somewhat started at the abrupt revelation.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • evening, having informed me abruptly that the lady Madeline was no more, he stated his intention of preserving her corpse for a fortnight, (previously to its final interment,) in one of the numerous vaults within the main walls of the building.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • At the beginning of the wedding scene there is an abrupt change of approach.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • "Well—upon my soul!" exclaimed Lawrence Lefferts, turning his opera-glass abruptly away from the stage.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "You can’t take my rifle," he said abruptly, in a voice I knew meant trouble.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • Zooey looked around abruptly at Franny,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • He laughed, and the mood abruptly lightened.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • Abruptly he becomes sincerely sympathetic and earnest.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • "But Gerty does not happen to know," Miss Bart rejoined, "that I owe every penny of that legacy."

    "Good God!" Selden exclaimed, startled out of his composure by the abruptness of the statement.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Abruptly he looked like someone she’d want to link hands with, laugh with.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • Fiedler abruptly stood up and taking Liz by the arm, he guided her to the door.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • He breaks away from her abruptly towards the upstage corner.
    Peter Shaffer  --  Equus
  • (Gets up abruptly, goes to his table and tears up the page he was writing on.)
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Then Ms. Richter’s attention abruptly shifted to them.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Hound of Rowan
  • Mum sniffed the air and stopped abruptly.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Second Siege
  • Abruptly her tone and manner change to...
    Eugene O’Neill  --  Long Day’s Journey into Night
  • He stopped pacing abruptly and turned his back on his queen...
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • She sighed abruptly.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • Abruptly, I remembered what had happened to Paris when Romeo came back.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
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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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