abrupt abrupt  /əb ˈrəpt/


  1. (adj) exceedingly sudden and unexpected
  2. (adj) surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner
  3. (adj) marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions
  4. (adj) extremely steep



  1. The government took an abrupt and inexplicable step by deporting the refugees.
  2. Michelle stint as a sports anchor came to an abrupt end when she tragically died in a freak accident in the golf course.


  1. Summer is here with ‘popcorn’ thunderstorms

    Residents received an abrupt start to summer this past week. High winds and heavy rainfall left some trees toppled and streets flooded throughout metro Atlanta.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Clayton News Daily

  2. After Dumping Zimmer, How Men’s Wearhouse Can Avoid a Consumer Backlash

    The abrupt firing of Men’s Wearhouse (MW) founder and chairman George Zimmer shocked shareholders on Wednesday and raised many questions about the company’s future. The 64-year-old Zimmer sold raincoats out of the trunk of his car before opening the first Men’s Wearhouse store in Houston in 1973. He was the public face of the men’s [...]
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Yahoo! Finance: The Daily Ticker

  3. James Gandolfini dead at 51: Recalling 10 of his most memorable roles

    James Gandolfini's untimely death at the age of 51 was as shocking as the abrupt cut-to-black conclusion of his most famous series, "The Sopranos."        
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. "Given the status of the financial system, an abrupt bankruptcy for the (automakers) could be devastating for the economy," Bush said.
    on Dec 12, 2008 By: President Bush Source: CNN International

  2. "The third quarter was especially challenging for the auto industry," Mr Wagoner said. "Consumer spending, which represents close to 70 per cent of the US economy, fell dramatically, and the abrupt closure of credit markets created a downward...
    on Nov 7, 2008 By: Rick Wagoner Source: Independent

  3. De Rato said that, so far, movements in currency exchange rates have been orderly, "but there are risks that an abrupt fall in the dollar could either by triggered by, or itself trigger, a loss of confidence in dollar assets. And there is a risk...
    on Oct 21, 2007 By: Rodrigo de Rato Source: International Herald Tribune

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