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ab·rupt / əˈbrəpt/ • adj. 1. sudden and unexpected: the abrupt change of subject. 2. brief to the point of rudeness; curt. ∎  (of a style of speech or writing) not flowing smoothly; disjointed. 3. steep; precipitous: the abrupt double peak of the mountain. DERIVATIVES: ab·rupt·ly adv. ab·rupt·ness n.

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abrupt †broken away or off; sudden XVI; steep XVII. — L. abruptus, pp. of abrumpere, f. AB- + rumpere break; see RUPTURE.