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abrupt

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of abrupt

  1. 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 Synonyms of abrupt blunt, bluff, brusque (also brusk), crusty, curt, downright, short, short-spoken, snippy, unceremoniousWords Related to abrupt gruff, rough, snappish; candid, direct, forthright, foursquare, frank, free-spoken, open, outspoken, plain, plainspoken, point-blank, straightforward, straight-out; artless, discourteous, disrespectful, impertinent, impolite, inconsiderate, insensitive, rude, tactless, undiplomatic; brief, closemouthed, laconic, reserved, reticent, terse, tight-lipped; earnest, honest, sincere; coarse, crass, crude, low, uncouth, vulgarNear Antonyms of abrupt civil, considerate, courteous, diplomatic, gracious, polite, politic, smooth, suave, tactful; loquacious, talkative, voluble; long-winded, prolix, verbose; courtly, cultivated, gallant, genteel, polished, refinedAntonyms of abrupt circuitous, mealymouthed

  2. 2 having an incline approaching the perpendicular the gentle, rolling hills gradually give way to high mountains with abrupt sides Synonyms of abrupt steep, bold, precipitous, sheerWords Related to abrupt perpendicular, plumb, straight, vertical; craggy, hillocky, hilly, mountainous, scarped; angled, canted, cocked, heeled, inclined, listed, slanted, sloped, tilted, tippedNear Antonyms of abrupt gentle, gradual, moderate, soft; even, flat, flush, horizontal, level, plane, smooth, unruffled, unwrinkledAntonyms of abrupt easy

  3. 3 not expected his abrupt reappearance seems to have caught everyone off guard Synonyms of abrupt unexpected, sudden, unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-forWords Related to abrupt unintended, unplanned; improbable, unlikely; startling, surprisingNear Antonyms of abrupt predicted, prophesied; unsurprisingAntonyms of abrupt anticipated, expected, foreseen

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to suppress quietly or indirectly

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