Verb abrupt Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abrupt (third-person singular simple present abrupts, present participle abrupting, simple past and past participle abrupted)

  1. (transitive, archaic) To tear off or asunder. [1]
  2. To interrupt suddenly. [1]

More definition:

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).

1. sudden; unexpected

2. brusque or brief in speech, manner, etc; curt

3. (of a style of writing or speaking) making sharp transitions from one subject to another; disconnected

4. precipitous; steep

5. (botany) shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate

6. (geology) (of strata) cropping out suddenly Derived Formsabruptly, adverbabruptness, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin abruptus broken off, from ab-1 + rumpere to breakCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1580s, from Latin abruptus "broken off, precipitous, disconnected," past participle of abrumpere "break off," from ab- "off" (see ab-) + rumpere "break" (see rupture (n.)). Related, Abruptly; abruptness.


He caught her arm, bringing her to an abrupt halt.

Allowing stranger to paw through their quarters might seem tactless but I suppose I harbored animosity at their abrupt departure.

Jule sat back on his haunches, dizzy with the abrupt return of his power.

Romas's response was abrupt and sharp enough to be hostile.

There followed a long pause, followed by an abrupt thank-you and a dial tone.

Elisabeth noticed the abrupt change and suspected Jackson had something to do with it.

Katie almost protested his abrupt dismissal then rolled so her back was to the fire.  Something was really off about Gabe.  She fingered the gems on the new necklace.

Now he was even being abrupt with the children.

Is it possible, one cannot help asking, that the abrupt description of the strange fortunes of the "Servant" - by this time entirely personalized - was written to follow chap. lii.

She tends to be abrupt with people who interfere.

Make your mind easy, said he in abrupt sentences while sealing his letter.

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