Definitions

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

Etymologies

abrupt +ā€Ž -ness (Wiktionary)

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 ā€” Volume 2

  • Iā€™m annoyed at his abruptness, which is even worse than usual.

    Disenchanted Princess

  • 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

  • Martha agreed, then suspended her utterance with suspicious abruptness.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • 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.

    One Last Word

  • On Mr. Gates's decision to eliminate the E.F.V., Mr. Rigell said, "The abruptness of the decision is concerning me."

    Project On Government Oversight: Are House GOP Freshmen Seriously Interested In Cutting the Defense Budget?

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