Abrupt Definition

ə-brŭpt
adjective
abrupter, abruptest
Coming, happening, or ending suddenly; sudden; unexpected.
Webster's New World
Curt or gruff in behavior or speech; brusque.
Webster's New World
Touching on one subject after another with sudden transitions.
Abrupt prose.
American Heritage
Very steep.
Webster's New World
Jumping from topic to topic without proper transitions; jerky and disconnected.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
unedgedunsharpbluntishdull-edgeddull-pointedblunt-edgeddullishblunt-pointedblunt-endeddisconnectedsharpprecipitousviolentunconnectedunceremonious
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verb

(archaic) To tear off or asunder. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

Wiktionary

To interrupt suddenly. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

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noun

(poetic) Something which is abrupt; an abyss. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]

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Other Word Forms of Abrupt

Noun

Singular:
abrupt
Plural:
abrupts

Adjective

Base Form:
abrupt
Comparative:
abrupter
Superlative:
abruptest

Origin of Abrupt

  • First attested in 1583. From Latin abruptus (“broken off”), perfect passive participle of abrumpō (“break off”), formed from ab (“from, away from”) + rumpō (“to break”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin abruptus past participle of abrumpere to break off ab- away ab–1 rumpere to break reup- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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