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abrupt

adjective uk   /əˈbrʌpt/ us  

abrupt adjective (SUDDEN)

C2 describes something that is sudden and unexpected, and often unpleasant: an abrupt change/movement Our conversation came to an abrupt end when George burst into the room. The road ended in an abrupt (= sudden and very steep) slope down to the sea.

abrupt adjective (UNFRIENDLY)

C2 using too few words when talking, in a way that seems rude and unfriendly: an abrupt manner/reply He is sometimes very abrupt with clients.
abruptly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The talks ended abruptly when one of the delegations walked out in protest.
abruptness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
(Definition of abrupt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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