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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.Not expected or planned

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.Blunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
abruptly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
The talks ended abruptly when one of the delegations walked out in protest.Not expected or plannedBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
abruptness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Not expected or plannedBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendlyNot being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasive
(Definition of abrupt from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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