from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state of being abrupt or broken; craggedness; ruggedness; steepness.
- n. Suddenness; unceremonious haste or vehemence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or quality of being abrupt.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
- n. an abrupt discourteous manner
- n. the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning
No sooner did they feel quite convinced that he was indifferent about his practice than they at once appreciated his services; what had been called abruptness now became truth and sincerity He was declared to be like Dr. Abernethy -- wonderfully clever, though slightly brusque in manner.
The U.S. S.ate Department Monday expressed surprise at the -- quote -- "abruptness" and said other countries face their own decisions on whether to stay or go.
If he roused himself from his brooding and began to talk, he always spoke with a kind of abruptness and never of what he really wanted to say.
"Miss Milray," said Clementina, with a kind of abruptness, "do you eva hear anything from Dr. Welwright?"
I’m annoyed at his abruptness, which is even worse than usual.
Concerns about the role of natural selection and the recognition that origin "abruptness" calls for theoretical revisions is reflected in Newman's views.
Major resentments in the fleet flare up without the need for groundwork or foreshadowing, and go silent with equal abruptness.
Martha agreed, then suspended her utterance with suspicious abruptness.
He awoke to a strange noise, a pulsating, quickening series of wooshes, ones he had heard before, but could now not distinguish in the abruptness of his waking.
On Mr. Gates's decision to eliminate the E.F.V., Mr. Rigell said, "The abruptness of the decision is concerning me."
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