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abrupt

adjective

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1 being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner
  • the policeman's abrupt manner discouraged me from trying to claim that I hadn't seen the red light

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2 having an incline approaching the perpendicular
  • the gentle, rolling hills gradually give way to high mountains with abrupt sides

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3 not expected
  • his abrupt reappearance seems to have caught everyone off guard

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precipitate, headlong, abrupt, impetuous, sudden mean showing undue haste or unexpectedness. precipitate stresses lack of due deliberation and implies prematureness of action. the army's precipitate withdrawal headlong stresses rashness and lack of forethought. a headlong flight from arrest abrupt stresses curtness and a lack of warning or ceremony. an abrupt refusal impetuous stresses extreme impatience or impulsiveness. an impetuous lover proposing marriage sudden stresses unexpectedness and sharpness or violence of action. flew into a sudden rage

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The first known use of abrupt was in 1565

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“Abrupt.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/abrupt. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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