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noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
  1. (poetic) Something which is
    1. Adjective, abrupt.
    • Over the vast abrupt. - Milton =
verb 
  1. (transitive) To tear off or asunder; to interrupt suddenly.
    • Till death abrupts them. - Sir T. Browne
adjective (more abrupt or abrupter, most abrupt or abruptest)
  1. Broken off; very steep or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; as, places.
    • Tumbling through ricks . - Thomson
      1. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
    • The cause of your departure. - Shakespeare, Henry VI Part I, II-iii
      1. curt, Curt in manner; rude; uncivil; impolite.
      2. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.
    • The party came to an end when the parents of our host arrived.
    • The style, which hath many breaches. - B. Jonson
      1. (botany) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncated.
Etymology: abruptus, past participle of abrumpere "to break off", formed from ab- + rumpere "to break".


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