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Synonyms for suddenness

the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning

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Lady Montbarry surveyed herself in the glass, and wheeled round again, with her cat-like suddenness, to Mrs.
The curious flood of sentiment, which had led him to gamble for the child's picture, had merged with equal suddenness into passion at the coming of her later presentment.
An idea whisked through Anne's brain with a suddenness that made her jump.
But, after all, it was gone with such amazing suddenness that it left behind it a sense of unreality.
The decision at which Bill had arrived with such dramatic suddenness in the middle of Piccadilly was the same at which some centuries earlier Columbus had arrived in the privacy of his home.
My devil-may-care acquaintance,' said Mr Chester--'really if you do not draw some nicer distinctions, your career will be cut short with most surprising suddenness.
With a perfectly breath-taking suddenness several mast sheaves of varicolored rockets were vomited skyward out of the black throats of the Castle towers, accompanied by a thundering crash of sound, and instantly every detail of the prodigious ruin stood revealed against the mountainside and glowing with an almost intolerable splendor of fire and color.
If the suddenness of her calamity, and the whirling wheels of the time, had stunned the Doctor's daughter into awaiting the result in idle despair, it would but have been with her as it was with many.
The cattle came upon me with like suddenness, staring out of their eyes, and steaming out of their nostrils, "Holloa, young thief
We are absolutely devastated by the suddenness of the way in which Christopher has been taken from us and our hearts are aching.
And with the suddenness expressed in the phrase 'Here today, gone tomorrow', the difficulty we have now is that we feel so powerless.
There was still, some two months later, a palpable sense of shock at the suddenness and ferocity of what had happened.
Each of the seven stories stops with a suddenness which I think for some young readers could prove disturbing.
Thus, each painting is rich in playfulness, critique and indulgence of material: all enjoyed in the moment of a glance, in the suddenness of gaze.
The suddenness of the company's closure prompted discussion on social media, and several small businesses which shared the site with The Play Station are still attempting to reclaim items removed in the process, including pottery, ceramics, frames and photography.