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abrupt

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1 being or characterized by direct, brief, and potentially rude speech or manner

  • the policemanʼs abrupt manner discouraged me from trying to claim that I hadnʼt 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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