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Synonyms for abrupt

happening quickly and without warning

so sharply inclined as to be almost perpendicular

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marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

exceedingly sudden and unexpected

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extremely steep

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surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

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Yet never did he lose any chance of speaking to myself; and, one morning when we had met, and exchanged a couple of words, he burst out in his usual abrupt way, without saying "Good-morning.
Such abrupt arrest in mid-flight by the heavier dog brought the fox-terrier down on deck with, a heavy thump.
Tollmidge's formidable assertions relating to herself for the second time, Lady Lydiard's meditations came to an abrupt end.
He did not rise: my abrupt entrance produced no effect upon him, though I must have looked a veritable corpse myself.
Nor did I catch the significance of his abrupt change of plan when he turned the task of rowing his skiff over to Whisky Bob, himself remaining on board the sloop.
We stood there, grouped about the body of the dead Grabritin, looking futilely down the river to where it made an abrupt curve to the west, a quarter of a mile below us, and was lost to sight, as though we expected to see the truant returning to us with our precious launch--the thing that meant life or death to us in this unfriendly, savage world.
She recognized in Sir Patrick's abrupt departure Sir Patrick's considerate resolution to spare her from entering into any details on the subject of her position at the inn.
An abrupt mountain, shouldering in from the north to meet a similar intrusion from the south, tormented the stream in which they had fished into a deep and gloomy gorge.
The next moment he was lost in ecstasy at the abrupt and thunderous liberation of sound.
The abrupt manner in which whole groups of species suddenly appear in certain formations, has been urged by several palaeontologists, for instance, by Agassiz, Pictet, and by none more forcibly than by Professor Sedgwick, as a fatal objection to the belief in the transmutation of species.
This was a sore trouble to me, adding as I thought one more instance of the abrupt appearance of a great group of species.
Only some one come about the pictures,' said she, in apology for her abrupt departure: 'I told him to wait.
She had observed Tom's colour change at the parson's story; and that, with his hasty and abrupt departure, gave her sufficient reason to think her father's suspicion not groundless.
On account of those abrupt ones, return into thy security: only in the market-place is one assailed by Yea?
She had not seen him since his abrupt departure from Moscow, and she sent her elder son to bid him come to see her.