Ab*rupt" (#), a. [L. abruptus, p. p. of abrumpere to break off; ab + rumpere to break. See Rupture.]


Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places.

"Tumbling through ricks abrupt,"



Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.

"The cause of your abrupt departure."



Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.

The abrupt style, which hath many breaches. B. Jonson.

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4. Bot.

Suddenly terminating, as if cut off.


Syn. -- Sudden; unexpected; hasty; rough; curt; unceremonious; rugged; blunt; disconnected; broken.


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Ab*rupt" (#), n. [L. abruptum.]

An abrupt place.

"Over the vast abrupt." Milton.


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Ab*rupt", v. t.

To tear off or asunder.

[Obs.] "Till death abrupts them."

Sir T. Browne.


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