Abrupt synonyms

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Very sudden, unexpected, or abrupt
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The definition of steep is having an almost vertical incline.
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Perpendicular or extremely steep, as the face of a cliff
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Hasty; rash; quick; sudden; precipitate; as, precipitous attempts.
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The definition of sudden is not expected, or happening without warning.
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(Music) Raised in pitch by a semitone.
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Measured by an angle or by degrees of an arc.
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Rugged and uneven:
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Varying in quality
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Lacking polish or finesse:
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Broken into sharp or irregular points; uneven; not smooth; rough
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Of uneven rate, occurrence, or duration:
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Marked by irregular projections and indentations on the edge or surface:
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Exactly upright; vertical; straight up or down
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Said of things, usually landscape
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Said of things, usually landscape
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Required to move or act more rapidly; rushed.
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1822, T. Creevey, Reminiscences, 28 Jul:
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The definition of unexpected is something that was not planned or anticipated.
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Along the direction of a plumbline or along a straight line that includes the center of the Earth.
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Moving with uncontrolled speed and force
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Having the form of a zigzag
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Topographically rough; uneven:
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Marked by difficulty or strong resistance; laborious:
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Marked by deterioration or worsening performance; worse:
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That falls or fall.
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Inclined to be brusque.
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Having a thick edge or point, as an instrument; not sharp.
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Containing a large amount of shortening; flaky:
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(Of speech or style) Brief, concise, to the point.
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Rudely abrupt, unfriendly.
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Less formal and ceremonious than is usual or expected; informal; familiar
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Done or made with haste; quick; hurried
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Making arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive and forceful manner.
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Not civil; not complaisant; discourteous; impolite; rude; unpolished; as, uncivil behavior.
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Having a rough, surly, and harsh demeanor and nature.
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Not polite; discourteous.
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Brief or terse, especially to the point of being rude.
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Having a rough and frank but affable manner
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Unpleasant; unattractive
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Lacking tact or taste; blunt or offensive:
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Effected by action of the voters, rather than through elected representatives or delegates:
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Said of people or acts of people
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Of, or relating to facts only; literal, realistic
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Exhibiting no courtesy; rude.
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Occurring in pieces; fragmentary.
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The same height at all places; parallel to a flat ground.
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Having a low heel or no heel:
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Occupying or restricted to the same level in a hierarchy:
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The definition of polite is someone or something that exhibits consideration for others and socially acceptable behavior.
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In accord with prescribed or customary usage; rigidly formal.
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Condescendingly courteous; indulgent:
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Occupying a small distance, area or spatial extent; short. [from 17th c.]
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Full of spirit of life; effervescing, as liquors; sparkling; as, brisk cider.
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Firm in loyalty:
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The definition of instantaneous is something that happens right away.
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Moving with speed, rapidity or swiftness, or capable of doing so; rapid; fast.
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The definition of staccato is where each sound is short and distinct from the other sounds.
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Acting or responding quickly; prompt; ready
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Characterized by extreme emotion, especially anger:
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Suddenness; unceremonious haste or vehemence; as, abruptness of style or manner. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
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The state or quality of being brusque.
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Curtness or bluntness of manner.
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A journey undertaken by a group of people with a definite objective:
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The characteristic or quality of being gruff
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The act of hurrying; quickness of motion; rapidity
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The quality of making rash or arbitrary decisions, especially in an impulsive or forceful manner.
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Inclination to act on impulse rather than thought.
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The condition of being instantaneous
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A being precipitate; great haste; rashness
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The characteristic of being rapid.
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The state of being sudden.
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The state of being swift
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The definition of gradual is something that changes or progresses slowly or over time.
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Acting, proceeding, or done without haste; unhurried.
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happening suddenly and unexpectedly
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The definition of expansive is taking up or covering a wide area or space, or open and inclusive.
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Formed with deliberation; well-advised; carefully considered; not sudden or rash.
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The definition of calm is someone or something who is peaceful and free from stress or worries.
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Mild, gentle, forgiving
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Pertaining to or having a crust, as, for example, in the case of bread.
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Using only a few words; laconic
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Clear and distinct to the eye; conspicuous:
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Unexpected.
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Rudely unceremonious
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Feeling a lack of empathy or association with something.
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Somewhat blunt.
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Somewhat dull; dull to a degree.
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Not sharp (out of focus)
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Synonym Study

  • Sheer applies to that which is perpendicular, or almost so, and unbroken throughout its length cliffs falling sheer to the sea, a sheer drop from the sixth floor See also syn. study at sudden.
  • Precipitous suggests the sudden and headlong drop of a precipice a precipitous height
  • Steep suggests such sharpness of rise or slope as to make ascent or descent very difficult a steep hill
  • Abrupt implies a sharp degree of inclination in a surface breaking off suddenly from the level an abrupt bank at the river's edge
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