abrupt

a|brupt [ ə`brʌpt ] adjective
1. ) sudden and unexpected, often in an unpleasant way:
Our friendship came to an abrupt end.
2. ) behaving or speaking in a way that seems rude to other people because you do not take the time to be friendly:
The sales clerks were abrupt and impatient with the customers.
╾ a|brupt|ly adverb
╾ a|brupt|ness noun uncount

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  • abrupt — abrupt, e [ abrypt ] adj. et n. m. • 1512; lat. abruptus, de rumpere « rompre » 1 ♦ Dont la pente est quasi verticale (comme rompue). ⇒ accore, escarpé, 5. pic (à). « L abrupt rocher de la Sainte Victoire » (Barrès). Versant abrupt d une montagne …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • abrupt — ABRÚPT, Ă, abrupţi, te, adj. 1. (Despre povârnişuri, prăpăstii etc.) Cu pantă repede, greu accesibil; accidentat, prăpăstios. 2. fig. (Despre stil) Fără legătură, inegal. 3. (Despre un organ) Târâtor, repent. – Din fr. abrupt, lat. abruptus.… …   Dicționar Român

  • abrupt — Adj plötzlich, jäh erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (18. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. abruptus, dem PPP. von l. abrumpere abreißen, losreißen , aus l. rumpere (ruptum) reißen, zerbrechen und l. ab von weg .    Ebenso nndl. abrupt, ne. abrupt, nfrz …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Abrupt — Ab*rupt , a. [L. abruptus, p. p. of abrumpere to break off; ab + rumpere to break. See {Rupture}.] 1. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places. Tumbling through ricks abrupt, Thomson.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abrupt — abrupt, te (a bru pt, pt ) adj. 1°   Qui est en pente rapide et comme rompu. Montagnes abruptes. La pente abrupte diffère de la pente roide, en ce que celle là ne permet pas une ligne droite et que l autre la permet. 2°   Fig. Style abrupt, style …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Abrupt — Ab*rupt , n. [L. abruptum.] An abrupt place. [Poetic] Over the vast abrupt. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abrupt — abrupt·ly; abrupt; abrupt·ness; …   English syllables

  • abrupt — [adj1] rude or brief in manner blunt, brusque, crude, crusty, curt, direct, discourteous, gruff, impetuous, impolite, matter of fact, rough, short, snappy, snippy, uncivil, ungracious; concept 542 Ant. calm, kind, nice abrupt [adj2] happening… …   New thesaurus

  • abrupt — Adj. (Aufbaustufe) ohne Vorwarnung geschehend, plötzlich Synonyme: auf einmal, ruckartig, schlagartig, überraschend, unerwartet, unvermittelt, unvermutet, unversehens jäh (geh.) Beispiel: Der Fahrer hat abrupt gebremst. Kollokation: ein abruptes… …   Extremes Deutsch

  • Abrupt — Ab*rupt , v. t. To tear off or asunder. [Obs.] Till death abrupts them. Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abrúpt — (lat.), abgebrochen, zusammenhanglos …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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