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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of abrumpere, from ab- 'away, off' + rumpere 'to break'

abrupt

adjective
     
a‧brupt
1 sudden and unexpected:
an abrupt change of plan
come to an abrupt end/halt etc
The bus came to an abrupt halt.
2 seeming rude and unfriendly, especially because you do not waste time in friendly conversation:
Sorry, I didn't mean to be so abrupt.
abruptly adverb
abruptness noun [uncountable]

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