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abrupt

view main entry for abruptadjective  /əˈbrʌpt/
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abruptly

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abruptness

noun [uncountable]
abruptness noun [uncountable]Happening or done quickly, suddenly or immediately: suddenly, at once, straight away, promptly, on-the-spot, headlong, right now, straight, instantly, fastTalking in an unfriendly way: curt, terse, brusque, brisk, abrupt, short, peremptory, clipped, shortlyUnfriendliness: distance, hostility, severity, hauteur, the knives are out, stiffness, aloofness, frigidity, abruptness

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