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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

My very identity as a soldier came to an abrupt end. I'd been soldiering as long as I'd been shaving. Suddenly I'd been told I could no longer soldier, and it felt as though no one really cared if I ever shaved again.
Stanley A. McChrystal

The truth is that the history of Mexico is a history in the image of its geography: abrupt and tortuous. Each historical period is like a plateau surrounded by tall mountains and separated from the other plateaus by precipices and divides.
Octavio Paz

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

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
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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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