- a|brupt «uh BRUHPT», adjective.1. showing sudden change; unexpected: »
He made an abrupt turn to avoid hitting another car.SYNONYM(S): hasty.2. very steep: »
The road made an abrupt rise up the hill.SYNONYM(S): precipitous. See syn. under steep1. (Cf. ↑steep)3. short or sudden in speech or manner; blunt: »
He was very gruff and had an abrupt way of speaking.SYNONYM(S): brusque, curt.4. passing suddenly from one subject or thought to another; disconnected: »
an abrupt style of writing.5. Botany. suddenly tapering off; truncate.6. Geology. (of adjacent rock formations) having a sharp boundary at the point of contact.╂[< Latin abruptus, past participle of abrumpere break off < ab- off + rumpere break]–a|brupt´ly, adverb.–a|brupt´ness, noun.
Useful english dictionary. 2012.