Adjective "abruptly" definition and examples

(Abruptly may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Suddenly and unexpectedly.
  1. 'a drama about two young brothers who are abruptly abandoned by their father'
  2. 'This leads the story abruptly to a truncated finale that sidesteps the more harrowing nature of the film's first half.'
  3. 'First, the chief executive abruptly resigned.'
  4. 'Hip-hop beats are put up against classical music and pop songs, with any given tune cutting out abruptly whenever a scene shifts.'
  5. 'He abruptly heads for Kansas, without even warning his oldest friend of his departure.'
  6. 'The scene now begins abruptly with the murder of Perdita's sister.'
In a rude or curt manner.
  1. 'The tech quite abruptly informs me that they don't support my hardware.'
  2. 'I turned to give him a "what did you say?" glare, but was stopped abruptly by his own "stop talking and start listening" glare.'
  3. '"It's not a big issue as far as I'm concerned," he told her abruptly.'
  4. 'Without allowing me to say anything else, he abruptly walked off.'
  5. 'When I spoke to her of the matter, she answered me abruptly.'
Steeply; precipitously.
  1. 'It is a ridge in the Serra do Divisor, which rises abruptly above a vast, level plain cloaked in tall forest.'
  2. 'Seaward of the road, the grassy slopes end abruptly in rugged cliffs pounded by waves.'
  3. 'These terminate abruptly to the northeast at a fault that offsets the thrust.'
  4. 'The Codling Fault terminates abruptly against the Palaeozoic Welsh Massif.'
  5. 'Little has been published about the stratigraphic age of this group, which is abruptly overlain by these limestones.'

More definitions


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).