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Synonyms for abrupt

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  1. abruptadjective

    Something which is abrupt.

    broken, rugged, rough

  2. abruptadjective

    Curt in manner; rude; uncivil; impolite.

    blunt, brusque

  3. abruptadjective

    sudden, brusque

  4. abruptadjective

    disconnected, unexpected

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abrupt

    Bluff is a word of good meaning, as are frank and open. The bluff man talks and laughs loudly and freely, says and does whatever he pleases with fearless good nature, and with no thought of annoying or giving pain to others. The blunt man says things which he is perfectly aware are disagreeable, either from a defiant indifference to others' feelings, or from the pleasure of tormenting.

    bluff, blunt, blustering, bold, brusk, coarse, discourteous, frank, impolite, inconsiderate, open, plain-spoken, rough, rude, uncivil, unmannerly

    bland, courteous, genial, polished, polite, refined, reserved, urbane

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abrupt

    sudden, steep, precipitous, craggy, coarse, curt, blunt, violent, harsh, unceremonious, rugged, rough

    undulating, easy, gliding, polished, smooth, blending, courteous

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrupt, disconnectedadjective

    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

    "abrupt prose"

    precipitous, confused, unconnected, staccato, disjointed, split, garbled, disunited, sharp, disordered, illogical, fragmented, disconnected, scattered

    gradual, legato, smooth, courteous

  2. abruptadjective

    exceedingly sudden and unexpected

    "came to an abrupt stop"; "an abrupt change in the weather"

    precipitous, sharp, disconnected

    gradual, courteous, legato, smooth

  3. abrupt, precipitous, sharpadjective

    extremely steep

    "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"

    overhasty, needlelike, sharp, incisive, precipitous, knifelike, precipitate, crisp, sharp-worded, keen, disconnected, precipitant, discriminating, tart, acuate, astute, acute, shrill, hasty, penetrating, piercing, shrewd, penetrative

    gradual, courteous, smooth, legato

  4. abruptadjective

    surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

    "an abrupt reply"

    precipitous, sharp, disconnected

    legato, courteous, smooth, gradual

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abruptadjective

    broken, cragged, craggy, rough, rugged

  2. abruptadjective

    steep, precipitous

  3. abruptadjective

    sudden, unexpected, unanticipated, precipitate, hasty, unseasonable, ill-timed, unlooked for

  4. abruptadjective

    short, blunt, unceremonious, curt

  5. abruptadjective

    inelegant (as style), stiff, cramped, harsh, disconnected, unconnected

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abruptadjective

    precipitous, steep, craggy, jagged, rugged, unceremonious, hasty, brusque, rough, rude, curt, discourteous, unconnected

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "abrupt":

    sudden, steep, sharp, brutal, brusque

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How to use abrupt in a sentence?

  1. Gretchen McCulloch:

    With video calls, once you're gone, you're gone, it's abrupt, when you see everyone waving, you know that everyone is prepared for this call to end and you're not going to be suddenly hanging up on somebody.

  2. Chief Executive Officer Alexandre Abreu:

    This time there will be no abrupt increase in credit and, instead, a smoother one.

  3. Johan Rockstrom:

    We are at a point where we may see abrupt and irreversible changes due to climate change.

  4. The IEA:

    U.S. stocks may soon test storage capacity limits. That would inevitably lead to renewed price weakness, which in turn could trigger the supply cuts that have so far remained elusive, while the U.S. supply response to lower prices might take longer to kick in than expected, it might also prove more abrupt.

  5. The BIS:

    These abrupt market movements (in October) were even more pronounced than similar developments in August, when a sudden correction in global financial markets was quickly succeeded by renewed buoyant market conditions, this suggests that more than a quantum of fragility underlies the current elevated mood in financial markets.

Translations for abrupt

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  • рапто́ўныBelarusian
  • стръмен, безцеремонен, рязък, внезапенBulgarian
  • abrupteCatalan, Valencian
  • uformodet, brat, pludseligDanish
  • einsiblig, schroff, wortkarg, steil, kurz angebunden, jäh, abrupt, abgestumpftGerman
  • αιφνίδιος, απόκρημνος, ασυνεχής, απροσδόκητος, απότομος, ξαφνικός, κοφτόςGreek
  • cortante, brusco, abrupto, súbito, repentinoSpanish
  • töksähtävä, äkkijyrkkä, karkea, keskeyttää, äkillinen, odottamaton, katkaistu, erottaaFinnish
  • abrupt, precipité, brusqueFrench
  • תלולHebrew
  • आकस्मिकHindi
  • tiba-tibaIndonesian
  • brusco, sconnessa, discontinua, sconnesso, discontinuo, bruscaItalian
  • abruptusLatin
  • moteMāori
  • ta' malajr, f'daqqa, ta' mod goffMaltese
  • steil, plots, abrupt, hortend, kortaf, bruusk, afgeknotDutch
  • avkortet, brå, bratt, plutselig, skarpNorwegian
  • interromper, rude, brusco, abscindir, abruptoPortuguese
  • abruptRomanian
  • бесцеремонный, внезапный, крутой, неожиданный, обрывистый, резкийRussian
  • అకస్మాత్తుగాTelugu
  • рапто́вийUkrainian
  • 突兀Chinese

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