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abrupt

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1  —as in:
an abrupt change
Definition sudden and unexpected
  • The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The weather changed abruptly at about noon.
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • "Heck," said Atticus abruptly, "that was a switchblade you were waving."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • Mr. Ludsbury loomed abruptly out of a background of shrubbery.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • His face went hard and he turned away abruptly to the window.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • She stood up so abruptly she knocked over a bottle of india ink, and ran into the bedroom.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • The men fell silent, piecing together the rumors of one giant bomb vaporizing a city and the abrupt end to the war.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken - adapted for young adults
  • abrupt = sudden and unexpected
  • She must have seen something of this in my expression, for she turned abruptly away and ran up the porch steps into the house.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • "What did you guys do on your date?" she asked abruptly.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • abruptly = suddenly
  • The movement was so abrupt, Charles had no time to react.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
abrupt = sudden

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2  —as in:
she is abrupt
Definition rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
  • She has an abrupt personality.
abrupt = rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 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.
  • abrupt = rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
  • I had assumed after my abruptness last night that Telemachus would keep his distance.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • abruptness = rudeness or unfriendliness caused by using too few words or moving too quickly
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Thank you for your words, he says abruptly and leads Uhmma away to the back row of chairs.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • abruptly = in a manner that is rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
  • I didn't pause for her reaction, even to see if I'd hurt her feelings with my abruptness.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • abruptness = done in a rude or unfriendly manner because of using too few words or moving too quickly
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means state or degree of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 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
  • abrupt = done in a rude or unfriendly manner
  • Her manner was abrupt.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
abrupt = rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly

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