abrupt

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•rupt /əˈbrʌpt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure.
  2. so short as to be unfriendly or impolite:an abrupt reply.
  3. changing suddenly;
    sharp: an abrupt turn in a road.
ab•rupt•ly, adv. 
ab•rupt•ness, n. [uncountable]See -rupt-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•rupt  (ə brupt),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. sudden or unexpected:an abrupt departure.
  2. curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.:an abrupt reply.
  3. terminating or changing suddenly:an abrupt turn in a road.
  4. having many sudden changes from one subject to another;
    lacking in continuity or smoothness:an abrupt writing style.
  5. steep;
    precipitous:an abrupt descent.
  6. Botanytruncate (def. 4).
ab•ruptly, adv. 
ab•ruptness, n. 
  • Latin abruptus broken off (past participle of abrumpere), equivalent. to ab- ab- + -rup- break + -tus past participle suffix
  • 1575–85
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged quick, sharp. See  sudden.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged   short, hurried, hasty, blunt.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discontinuous, broken, uneven.
    • 1, 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gradual.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deliberate;
      patient, courteous.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
abrupt /əˈbrʌpt/ adj
  1. sudden; unexpected
  2. brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt
  3. (of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected
  4. precipitous; steep
  5. shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
  6. (of strata) cropping out suddenly
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin abruptus broken off, from ab-1 + rumpere to break

abˈruptly adv abˈruptness n
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