abruptness


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a·brupt

 (ə-brŭpt′)
adj.
1. Unexpectedly sudden: an abrupt change in the weather.
2. Surprisingly curt; brusque: an abrupt answer made in anger.
3. Touching on one subject after another with sudden transitions: abrupt prose.
4. Steeply inclined. See Synonyms at steep1.
5. Botany Terminating suddenly rather than gradually; truncate: an abrupt leaf.

[Latin abruptus, past participle of abrumpere, to break off : ab-, away; see ab-1 + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

a·brupt′ly adv.
a·brupt′ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abruptness - an abrupt discourteous mannerabruptness - an abrupt discourteous manner  
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
2.abruptness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steepabruptness - the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
gradient, slope - the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal; "a five-degree gradient"
gentleness, gradualness - the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
3.abruptness - the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warningabruptness - the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning
haste, hastiness, hurriedness, hurry, precipitation - overly eager speed (and possible carelessness); "he soon regretted his haste"
Translations
فُجاءة، فَظَاظَة، إقْتِضَاب
úsečnost
uhøflighed
endasleppni, hranaskapur
úsečnosť

abruptness

[əˈbrʌptnɪs] N
1. (= suddenness) → lo repentino
we were taken aback by the abruptness of his departurenos sorprendió lo repentino de su marcha
we were shocked by the abruptness of his dismissalnos dejó horrorizados que lo despidieran tan de repente
2. (= brusqueness) → brusquedad f
3. (= steepness) → lo escarpado

abruptness

[əˈbrʌptnɪs] n
(= curtness) → brusquerie f
(= suddenness) [change, departure] → soudaineté f

abruptness

nabrupte Art; (of person)schroffe or brüske Art; (of descent, drop, bend)Plötzlichkeit f, → Jäheit f; (of reply)Schroffheit f

abruptness

[əˈbrʌptnɪs] n (of person) → rudezza; (of halt) → repentinità; (of slope) → ripidezza; (of style) → discontinuità

abrupt

(əˈbrapt) adjective
1. sudden; unexpected. The car came to an abrupt halt.
2. (of a person's manner of speaking etc) rude or sharp.
3. lacking in continuity.
aˈbruptly adverb
aˈbruptness noun
References in classic literature ?
I demanded, with an abruptness that in turn startled her.
It was no very easy matter to mistake Newman Noggs, after having once seen him, and as Kate, attracted by the singularity of his manner (in which on this occasion, however, there was something respectful and even delicate, notwithstanding the abruptness of his speech), looked at him more closely, she recollected having caught a passing glimpse of that strange figure before.
The impulsive abruptness of her movements was such that at every step the lines of her knees and the upper part of her legs were distinctly marked under her dress, and the question involuntarily rose to the mind where in the undulating, piled-up mountain of material at the back the real body of the woman, so small and slender, so naked in front, and so hidden behind and below, really came to an end.
They gradually ascended for half-a-mile, and then found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House, situated on the opposite side of a valley, into which the road with some abruptness wound.
a violent death on the coast of New Zealand), fascinated by the monotony, the regularity, the abruptness of the recurring cry, and so exasperated at the absurd spell, that I wished the fellow would choke himself to death with a mouthful of his own infamous wares.
She indulged in a vague movement or two, as if to look for something; then again found herself near her friend, on whom with the same abruptness, in fact with a strange sharpness, she conferred a kiss that might have represented either her tribute to exalted consistency or her idea of a graceful close of the discussion.
If you don't want to marry me," Ralph now began again, without abruptness, with diffidence rather, "there is no need why we should cease to see each other, is there?
At length, however, he broke the pause by asking, with a certain quiet abruptness peculiar to himself, if I liked flowers.
And so, when Mister Haggin, or God, or call it what one will with the limitations of language, picked Jerry up with imperative abruptness, tucked him under his arm, and stepped into the whaleboat, whose black crew immediately bent to the oars, Jerry was instantly and nervously aware that the unusual had begun to happen.
He halted with awkward abruptness, with stiff fore-legs bracing himself against his momentum, almost sitting down on his haunches, so desirous was he of avoiding contact with the dog he was in the act of attacking.
I believe he was shocked by my plebeian abruptness but he was too polite to show it.
The abruptness with which he demanded her decision startled her.