abrupt

abrupt
adjective Etymology: Latin abruptus, from past participle of abrumpere to break off, from ab- + rumpere to break — more at reave Date: 1530 1. a. characterized by or involving action or change without preparation or warning ; unexpected <
came to an abrupt stop
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an abrupt turn
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an abrupt decision to retire
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b. unceremoniously curt <
an abrupt manner
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c. lacking smoothness or continuity <
an abrupt transition
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2. giving the impression of being cut or broken off; especially involving a sudden steep rise or drop <
abrupt hills
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a high abrupt bank bounded the stream
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Synonyms: see precipitate, steepabruptly adverbabruptness noun

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  • abrupt — abrupt, e [ abrypt ] adj. et n. m. • 1512; lat. abruptus, de rumpere « rompre » 1 ♦ Dont la pente est quasi verticale (comme rompue). ⇒ accore, escarpé, 5. pic (à). « L abrupt rocher de la Sainte Victoire » (Barrès). Versant abrupt d une montagne …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • abrupt — ABRÚPT, Ă, abrupţi, te, adj. 1. (Despre povârnişuri, prăpăstii etc.) Cu pantă repede, greu accesibil; accidentat, prăpăstios. 2. fig. (Despre stil) Fără legătură, inegal. 3. (Despre un organ) Târâtor, repent. – Din fr. abrupt, lat. abruptus.… …   Dicționar Român

  • abrupt — Adj plötzlich, jäh erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. abruptus, dem PPP. von l. abrumpere abreißen, losreißen , aus l. rumpere (ruptum) reißen, zerbrechen und l. ab von weg .    Ebenso nndl. abrupt, ne. abrupt, nfrz …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Abrupt — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abrupt — abrupt, te (a bru pt, pt ) adj. 1°   Qui est en pente rapide et comme rompu. Montagnes abruptes. La pente abrupte diffère de la pente roide, en ce que celle là ne permet pas une ligne droite et que l autre la permet. 2°   Fig. Style abrupt, style …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Abrupt — Ab*rupt , n. [L. abruptum.] An abrupt place. [Poetic] Over the vast abrupt. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abrupt — abrupt·ly; abrupt; abrupt·ness; …   English syllables

  • abrupt — [adj1] rude or brief in manner blunt, brusque, crude, crusty, curt, direct, discourteous, gruff, impetuous, impolite, matter of fact, rough, short, snappy, snippy, uncivil, ungracious; concept 542 Ant. calm, kind, nice abrupt [adj2] happening… …   New thesaurus

  • abrupt — Adj. (Aufbaustufe) ohne Vorwarnung geschehend, plötzlich Synonyme: auf einmal, ruckartig, schlagartig, überraschend, unerwartet, unvermittelt, unvermutet, unversehens jäh (geh.) Beispiel: Der Fahrer hat abrupt gebremst. Kollokation: ein abruptes… …   Extremes Deutsch

  • Abrupt — Ab*rupt , v. t. To tear off or asunder. [Obs.] Till death abrupts them. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abrúpt — (lat.), abgebrochen, zusammenhanglos …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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