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sudden

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of sudden

  1. not expected the sudden snowstorm resulted in thousands of evening commuters abandoning their cars on impassable highways Synonyms of sudden abrupt, unexpected, unanticipated, unforeseen, unlooked-forWords Related to sudden unintended, unplanned; improbable, unlikely; startling, surprisingNear Antonyms of sudden predicted, prophesied; unsurprisingAntonyms of sudden anticipated, expected, foreseen

Synonym Discussion of sudden

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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