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ABRUPT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does abrupt mean? 

ABRUPT (adjective)
  The adjective ABRUPT has 4 senses:

1. marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
2. exceedingly sudden and unexpected
3. extremely steep
4. surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

  Familiarity information: ABRUPT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABRUPT (adjective)


Sense 1abrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

Synonyms:

abrupt; disconnected

Context example:

abrupt prose

Similar:

disconnected; staccato ((music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply)


Sense 2abrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exceedingly sudden and unexpected

Context examples:

came to an abrupt stop / an abrupt change in the weather

Similar:

sudden (happening without warning or in a short space of time)


Sense 3abrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extremely steep

Synonyms:

abrupt; precipitous; sharp

Context examples:

an abrupt canyon / the precipitous rapids of the upper river / the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings / a sharp drop

Similar:

steep (having a sharp inclination)


Sense 4abrupt [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

Context example:

an abrupt reply

Similar:

discourteous (showing no courtesy; rude)


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