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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.

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  • 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
  • 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: she is abrupt Define
rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
  • She has an abrupt personality.
  • Try not to be so abrupt with the people you manage. It may seem quicker, but we’re losing talented people because they don’t like working with you.

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  • Thank you for your words, he says abruptly and leads Uhmma away to the back row of chairs.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Her manner was abrupt.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • I didn’t pause for her reaction, even to see if I’d hurt her feelings with my abruptness.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • The nature of the Service precluded elaborate farewells and the presentation of gold watches, but even by these standards Leamas’ departure seemed abrupt.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
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  • She stood again and with an abrupt movement of her forefinger motioned me out of her chair.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • I was thinking how she smelled like a combination of old people’s house and bubble gum when she stopped so abruptly, I ran into her.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid

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  • They were thrown forward a little when the Hudson came to an abrupt stop.
    David Baldacci  --  Wish You Well
  • Lash folded abruptly, in evident pain.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • His laughter broke off abruptly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • A high, shrieking cry, terrible in its desperation, and worse for the abruptness with which it was cut off.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • "She has to believe they’re perfect, and I can’t tell her they aren’t, because—" He stopped abruptly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • They trudged along in silence as the road curved alongside the forest for several miles before taking an abrupt turn.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • He stopped screaming abruptly—and fell, as if the invisible hand had opened, releasing him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Jordan asked, somewhat abruptly.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls

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  • Instead, she turned away abruptly, her face closing down like a gate slamming shut.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Safe Haven
  • Ebola virus destroyed an animal’s internal organs, and the carcass deteriorated abruptly after death.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The students pressed against the door’s glass abruptly disperse, and their shadows move aside to make room for a tall silhouette.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • Dawson asked abruptly, as if stowing their previous conversation away and slamming the lid shut, making her regret she’d brought it up.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • But my career ended abruptly around the end of my freshman year, when a bronco flipped over on me in a chute at a competition in Rendon, Texas.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • Then, with a rough, abrupt air, he said, "Who are you and what do you want?"
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • This brought him to a jolting halt so abrupt that for a moment I thought I might have broken his neck.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Then, she fell, hitting the floor abruptly, as if she had smacked into an invisible wall.
    Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl  --  Beautiful Creatures
  • Tyrion was almost at the point of trying to force his way past when Ser Mandon abruptly stood aside.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • "There’s no bear here," he decided abruptly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • The Tower of the Hand gave out a sudden groan, so loud that all the conversation stopped abruptly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • Tyrion had a fat black mushroom halfway to his mouth, but something in Illyrio’s voice made him stop abruptly.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • "Let’s go next door," she said abruptly, her voice harsh.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing
  • When he sees her, BERENGER rises abruptly, and in doing so makes an awkward movement; the glass falls and splashes JEAN’S trousers.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • And I changed the subject abruptly.
    Octavia Butler  --  Kindred
  • It was hours later, but still dark, when she was awakened abruptly by the pounding on the apartment door.
    Lois Lowry  --  Number the Stars
  • Abruptly he jumps up, walks to the end of the circular drive.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • Gerad just nodded, abruptly sad.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • Suddenly he said, "Excuse me," rose abruptly, and disappeared into the kitchen.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • "Sky," I say abruptly, suddenly feeling compassion for the pain that is clearly masked behind those blue eyes of his.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • I was surprised by the abruptness and the desperation, and by the bigness of his request.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • It started out as an abrupt shriek, like simple surprise, but then escalated into pure terror.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They’d been walking for quite some time when Minho abruptly froze.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • There was no judgment there, only shock at my abrupt movement.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Clary responded to the abruptness in his tone by reaching out for his hand.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "You’re just—You’re so—I really want to kiss you," Magnus said abruptly, and then shook his head.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • And then they ceased, abruptly.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Hassan stood up and abruptly moved to serious mode.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • She abruptly puts her breezy, flirty personality on the back burner and stares at me with hard ambition.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • He turned away and abruptly marched into the barracks.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • The wagons pulled abruptly off the road and shuddered to a stop in a small clearing.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • "Get your back against the wall," he said abruptly, bringing his iron cudgel up with both hands.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Her mother stares after her and, not wanting to leave abruptly, calls and tells her to wait in the car.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • I get up abruptly, tossing aside my blanket with more force than is necessary.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Luke stopped abruptly, causing Glass to stumble into him.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • An abrupt laugh escaped her.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Spring arrived overnight, as if winter, like some unwanted guest, had abruptly shrugged its way into its coat and vanished, without saying good-bye.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • And indeed, even as she spoke, Mr. Benedict’s eyelids fluttered open, and he rose abruptly from the chair and said, "Ah."
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • He was getting used to her abrupt entrances and exits.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The question sounded abrupt.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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