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Wiktionary

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Broken away (from restraint). Attested only in the late 16th century.page=8

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. First attested in the late 16th century.

    "The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived."

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Curt in manner. First attested in the late 16th century.

    "brusque|rude|uncivil|impolite"

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed. First attested in the late 16th century.

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Broken off. Attested from the early 17th century until the mid 18th century.

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. First attested in the early 17th century.

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate. First attested in the early 19th century.

  • Abrupt (verb)

    To tear off or asunder. First attested in the mid 17th century.

  • Abrupt (verb)

    To interrupt suddenly. First attested in the mid 17th century.

  • Abrupt (noun)

    Something which is abrupt; an abyss. First attested in the mid 17th century.

  • Curt (adjective)

    Brief or terse, especially to the point of being rude.

  • Curt (adjective)

    Short or concise.

  • Curt (verb)

    To cut, cut short, shorten.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Curt (adjective)

    rudely brief

    "his reply was curt"

Webster Dictionary

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places.

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    Suddenly terminating, as if cut off.

  • Abrupt (noun)

    An abrupt place.

  • Abrupt

    To tear off or asunder.

  • Curt (adjective)

    Characterized by excessive brevity; short; rudely concise; as, curt limits; a curt answer.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions;

    "abrupt prose"

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    exceedingly sudden and unexpected;

    "came to an abrupt stop"

    "an abrupt change in the weather"

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    extremely steep;

    "an abrupt canyon"

    "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"

    "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"

    "a sharp drop"

  • Abrupt (adjective)

    surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner;

    "an abrupt reply"

  • Curt (adjective)

    marked by rude or peremptory shortness;

    "try to cultivate a less brusque manner"

    "a curt reply"

    "the salesgirl was very short with him"

  • Curt (adjective)

    brief and to the point; effectively cut short;

    "a crisp retort"

    "a response so curt as to be almost rude"

    "the laconic reply; `yes'"

    "short and terse and easy to understand"

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