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[adj] surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner; "an abrupt reply"
[adj] exceedingly sudden and unexpected; "came to an abrupt stop"; "an abrupt change in the weather"
[adj] extremely steep; "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"
[adj] marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions; "abrupt prose"


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\Ab*rupt"\, a. [L. abruptus, p. p. of abrumpere to break off; ab + rumpere to break. See {Rupture}.]
1. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places. ``Tumbling through ricks abrupt,'' --Thomson.
2. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. ``The cause of your abrupt departure.'' --Shak.
3. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected. The abrupt style, which hath many breaches. --B. Jonson.
4. (Bot.) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off. --Gray. Syn: Sudden; unexpected; hasty; rough; curt; unceremonious; rugged; blunt; disconnected; broken.
\Ab*rupt"\, n. [L. abruptum.] An abrupt place. [Poetic] ``Over the vast abrupt.'' --Milton.
\Ab*rupt"\, v. t. To tear off or asunder. [Obs.] ``Till death abrupts them.'' --Sir T. Browne.

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