Abrupt

Adjective

  • Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

    "The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived."

  • (obsolete) Broken off. [Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.]
  • (obsolete, rare) Broken away (from restraint). [Attested only in the late 16th century.]
  • Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed. [First attested in the late 16th century.]

    "The abrupt style, which hath many breaches."

  • (botany) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate. [First attested in the early 19th century.]
  • Curt in manner; brusque; rude; uncivil; impolite. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
  • Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. [First attested in the early 17th century.]

Noun

  • (poetic) Something which is abrupt; an abyss. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

Verb

  • (transitive, archaic) To tear off or asunder. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • To interrupt suddenly. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

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