Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or quality of being abrupt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being abrupt or broken; craggedness; ruggedness; steepness.
  • noun Suddenness; unceremonious haste or vehemence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
  • noun an abrupt discourteous manner
  • noun the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

abrupt +‎ -ness

Examples

  • 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.

    Wife in Name Only

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Apr 19, 2004

  • 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.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • "Miss Milray," said Clementina, with a kind of abruptness, "do you eva hear anything from Dr. Welwright?"

    Ragged Lady — Volume 2

  • "Miss Milray," said Clementina, with a kind of abruptness, "do you eva hear anything from Dr. Welwright?"

    Ragged Lady — Complete

  • I’m annoyed at his abruptness, which is even worse than usual.

    Disenchanted Princess

  • I’m annoyed at his abruptness, which is even worse than usual.

    Disenchanted Princess

  • 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.

    The Brothers Karamazov

  • Concerns about the role of natural selection and the recognition that origin "abruptness" calls for theoretical revisions is reflected in Newman's views.

    Telic Thoughts

  • Major resentments in the fleet flare up without the need for groundwork or foreshadowing, and go silent with equal abruptness.

    MIND MELD: If We Ran Battlestar Galactica

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