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Definition of Abrupt


  1. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places.
  2. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
  3. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.
  4. Suddenly terminating, as if cut off.
  5. An abrupt place.
  6. To tear off or asunder.

Abrupt Quotations

Revolution, n. In politics, an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment.
Ambrose Bierce

The Eagles ended on a rather abrupt note, although in retrospect I realize now that it had been ending for quite some time.
Don Henley

Fossil fuels, including oil, are running out and supplies are getting harder to find. If we do nothing, prices will continue to rise and our reliance on oil will come to an abrupt and tumultuous end, causing global economic and social turmoil.
Lucy Powell

I don't eat animals. I rescue strays and take injured pigeons to the wildlife rehab. I carry spiders and wasps outside in a cup covered with a 3x5 card. It would only follow that I'd take pause when contemplating the abrupt and apparently brutal ending of a tiny human being's life, or even a potential human being's life.
Victoria Moran

The parish I live in is a very abrupt, uneven country, full of hills and woods, and therefore full of birds.
Gilbert White
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Abrupt Translations

abrupt in Danish is stejl, pludselig
abrupt in Dutch is kortaf, bruusk, abrupt, bot, steil
abrupt in Italian is rapido
abrupt in Norwegian is bratt, plutselig
abrupt in Portuguese is abrupto
abrupt in Spanish is brusco, abrupto, escarpado, brusco, precipitado
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