Adjective "abrupt" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Sudden and unexpected.
  1. 'the match came to an abrupt end'
  2. 'A completely unexpected and abrupt ending saw my jaw drop.'
  3. 'Charlie blinked, surprised at the abrupt change of subject.'
  4. 'Patients with such implants should not receive an abrupt and unexpected communication from their surgeon that they now form part of research into an untested implant.'
  5. 'The heady progress of Liszt's career was brought to an abrupt halt by the unexpected death of his father in 1827.'
  6. 'The fairy tale romance has come to an abrupt and totally unexpected end.'
  7. 'Hence I am opting for an abrupt and immediate withdrawal.'
  8. 'It was not a gradual shift but rather a sudden and abrupt change.'
  9. 'The abrupt change in subject startles them both.'
  10. 'I have a close friend who is prone to similarly abrupt and violent changes of mind.'
  11. 'I just think I've had too many sudden, abrupt, unexpected, and unwelcome changes in my plans to be able to commit to more plans in advance.'
Brief to the point of rudeness; curt.
  1. 'But they're rude, they're abrupt, and they act like little tin Hitlers, lording it over their domain.'
  2. 'This is what people have thought about Martha Stewart, that she is rude, abrupt, and abrasive.'
  3. 'A long, drawn out, boring evening with terribly rude and abrupt service.'
  4. 'Deron's expression showed nothing, though I knew he must be surprised by the abrupt rudeness of it.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'Most patients were content with their care, the determining feature of discontent being a doctor seen as rude, abrupt, or unsympathetic.'
  7. 'Into the replying email she typed a short, abrupt message.'
  8. 'He began to tell me about whirling electrons and orthicon-tubes and other nonsense, but I cut him short with an abrupt wave.'
  9. 'I wanted to ask who the hell he was, but I didn't think that he was very likely to give me an answer to that, especially considering his abrupt and rude manner.'
  10. 'She was often mean and rude and abrupt, but, then again, most people were at some point.'
  11. 'abrupt, epigrammatic paragraphs'
  12. 'Focus on keeping your movements smooth and fluid rather than abrupt and jerky.'
  13. 'I was told that I write in short bursts and my writing is kinda abrupt.'
  14. 'He had returned to his abrupt manner of speech but I didn't care.'
  15. 'Sometimes the readers do feel shocked and startled by the abrupt and terse nature of some of these poems, but the effect is rewarding.'
  16. 'In this respect Trout Mask Replica takes all available musical genres and foregrounds them as genre through abrupt and aggressive juxtaposition.'
  17. 'Though the writing style in this work is at points abrupt, Lillback's work is truly commendable as a thorough synthesis of Calvin.'
  18. 'Instead, the flow was smooth in places, then abrupt, depending on what was most effective for that part of the show.'
  19. 'The text breaks into the temple of Russian literature with its lively and trembling, shocking and abrupt style.'
  20. 'In this style abrupt pauses with short silences are considered embellishments.'
  21. 'The story is built up through successive emotional crescendos, immediately downplayed by abrupt narrative shifts.'
Steep; precipitous.
  1. 'And then, the western flank of the Wasatch Mountains rises up, sheer and abrupt, to shock as much snow from the clouds as possible.'
  2. 'The result is an interplay between the pulsating red ground, the closer-hued biomorphic forms and the abrupt vertical black elements.'
  3. 'Its lines are harsh and abrupt, nearly geometrical.'


1. sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure.

2. curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.: an abrupt reply.

3. terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road.

4. having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness: an abrupt writing style.

5. steep; precipitous: an abrupt descent.

6. Botany. truncate (def 4).

More examples(as adjective)

"slowdowns can be abrupt to growths."

"people can be abrupt in things."

"people can be abrupt in manners."

"people can be abrupt at times."

"mains can be abrupt of manners."

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