abruptness


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  • noun

Synonyms for abruptness

an abrupt discourteous manner

the property possessed by a slope that is very steep

the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning

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The hill, crowned with wood, which they had descended, receiving increased abruptness from the distance, was a beautiful object.
Accustomed by this time to the calculated abruptness of my manner, it no longer discomposed or surprised her, and she answered with only so much of hesitation as was rendered inevitable by the difficulty she experienced in improvising the translation of her thoughts from French to English.
Almost immediately, however, Peony pulled away his little fist, and began to rub it as if the fingers were tingling with cold; while Violet also released herself, though with less abruptness, gravely remarking that it was better not to take hold of hands.
I believe he was shocked by my plebeian abruptness but he was too polite to show it.
It had begun to be present to him after the first fortnight, it had broken out with the oddest abruptness, this particular wanton wonderment: it met him there - and this was the image under which he himself judged the matter, or at least, not a little, thrilled and flushed with it - very much as he might have been met by some strange figure, some unexpected occupant, at a turn of one of the dim passages of an empty house.
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.
With an abruptness that almost awakened her, he carried her in to his wife.
You are wrong," replied Fisher, with a very unusual abruptness 'and even bitterness.
I could not help smiling at the abruptness of the question.
The little man's voice changed so suddenly, he shut his hand so sharply, and his eyes so rapidly grew rounder and brighter like a waking owl's, that it had all the abruptness of a small explosion on the table.
Very well," said Charlotte, with a choky abruptness that was new to him, though familiar to Lucy.
Jarndyce then withdrawing into the temporary growlery, Miss Jellyby opened a conversation with her usual abruptness.
Without any reason that could justify, any apology that could atone for the abruptness, the rudeness, nay, the insolence of it.
But for his indecent haste in getting rid of me, his characteristic abruptness at the end, there would have been no misunderstanding or mistake.
It is twenty or thirty feet long, and is narrow and deep, like a canoe; its sharp bow and stern sweep upward from the water like the horns of a crescent with the abruptness of the curve slightly modified.