Definition of abrupt in English:


Line breaks: abrupt
Pronunciation: /əˈbrʌpt


  • 2Brief to the point of rudeness; curt: you were rather abrupt with that young man
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    • Having said that, I do not think I deserved the very abrupt and curt way in which I was treated by Mr Hutchinson on trying to explain the situation to him.
    • Deron's expression showed nothing, though I knew he must be surprised by the abrupt rudeness of it.
    • ‘They were quite abrupt and offhand,’ says Elliot, who is now 39.
    curt, brusque, blunt, short, sharp, terse, brisk, crisp, gruff, snappish, snappy, unceremonious, offhand, cavalier, rough, harsh; rude, discourteous, uncivil, surly, churlish; bluff, no-nonsense, to the point, laconic
    informal off
  • 2.1(Of a style of speech or writing) not flowing smoothly; disjointed: abrupt, epigrammatic paragraphs an occasionally abrupt narrative
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    • Jordan, unfortunately, compounds this weakness with an abrupt style.
    • The text breaks into the temple of Russian literature with its lively and trembling, shocking and abrupt style.
    • Despite her abrupt style winning her as many friends as it did enemies, there was no denying that she deserved to be there.
    jerky, uneven, irregular, disconnected, discontinuous, broken, rough, inelegant



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  • Yet the lines of communication have been abruptly and unilaterally shut down.
  • Not only would consumer spending be reined in abruptly, but housing demand would take a big hit.
  • The mood shifts abruptly, as the next cut is to what appears to be a tender love scene.


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  • The notion that bureaucratic infighting and occasional abruptness of manner should disqualify one from high office is laughable.
  • The abruptness of the closure announcement has left them shocked and desperately searching for an alternative venue.
  • Although they had long feared for the future of their club, they were not prepared for the abruptness of the end.


late 16th century: from Latin abruptus 'broken off, steep', past participle of abrumpere, from ab- 'away, from' + rumpere 'break'.

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