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Definition of Abrupt

  ABRUPT   adjective
Sudden, without ceremony, like the arrival of a cannonshot and the departure of the soldier whose interests are most affected by it.  Dr. Samuel Johnson beautifully said of another author's ideas that they were 'concatenated without abruption.'

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??br?pt adj. 1 sudden and unexpected; hasty (his abrupt departure). 2 (of speech, manner, etc.) uneven; lacking continuity; curt. 3 steep, precipitous. 4 Bot. truncated. 5 Geol. (of strata) suddenly appearing at the surface. °°abruptly adv. abruptness n. [L abruptus past part. of abrumpere (as AB-, rumpere break)]

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