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Synonyms for abruptəˈbrʌpt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abrupt, disconnected(adj)

    marked by sudden changes in subject and sharp transitions

    "abrupt prose"

    precipitous, confused, unconnected, staccato, disjointed, split, abrupt, garbled, disunited, sharp, disordered, illogical, fragmented, disconnected, scattered

    gradual, legato, smooth, courteous

  2. abrupt(adj)

    exceedingly sudden and unexpected

    "came to an abrupt stop"; "an abrupt change in the weather"

    precipitous, sharp, disconnected

    gradual, courteous, legato, smooth

  3. abrupt, precipitous, sharp(adj)

    extremely steep

    "an abrupt canyon"; "the precipitous rapids of the upper river"; "the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"; "a sharp drop"

    abrupt, overhasty, needlelike, sharp, incisive, precipitous, knifelike, precipitate, crisp, sharp-worded, keen, disconnected, precipitant, discriminating, tart, acuate, astute, acute, shrill, hasty, penetrating, piercing, shrewd, penetrative

    gradual, courteous, smooth, legato

  4. abrupt(adj)

    surprisingly and unceremoniously brusque in manner

    "an abrupt reply"

    precipitous, sharp, disconnected

    legato, courteous, smooth, gradual


  1. abrupt(adjective)

    Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous.

    broken, rugged, rough

  2. abrupt(adjective)

    Curt in manner; rude; uncivil; impolite.

    blunt, brusque

  3. abrupt(adjective)

    sudden, brusque

  4. abrupt(adjective)

    disconnected, unexpected

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. abrupt

    Bluff is a word of good meaning, as are frank and open. The bluff man talks and laughs loudly and freely, says and does whatever he pleases with fearless good nature, and with no thought of annoying or giving pain to others. The blunt man says things which he is perfectly aware are disagreeable, either from a defiant indifference to others' feelings, or from the pleasure of tormenting.

    bluff, blunt, blustering, bold, brusk, coarse, discourteous, frank, impolite, inconsiderate, open, plain-spoken, rough, rude, uncivil, unmannerly

    bland, courteous, genial, polished, polite, refined, reserved, urbane

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abrupt(a.)

    broken, cragged, craggy, rough, rugged

  2. abrupt(a.)

    steep, precipitous

  3. abrupt(a.)

    sudden, unexpected, unanticipated, precipitate, hasty, unseasonable, ill-timed, unlooked for

  4. abrupt(a.)

    short, blunt, unceremonious, curt

  5. abrupt(a.)

    inelegant (as style), stiff, cramped, harsh, disconnected, unconnected

PPDB, the paraphrase database

List of paraphrases:

sudden, steep, sharp, brutal, brusque

Translations for abrupt

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • рапто́ўныBelarusian
  • рязък, стръмен, безцеремонен, внезапенBulgarian
  • abrupteCatalan, Valencian
  • brat, uformodet, pludseligDanish
  • abrupt, jäh, kurz angebunden, abgestumpft, wortkarg, schroff, einsiblig, steilGerman
  • κοφτός, απότομος, αιφνίδιος, ξαφνικός, απροσδόκητος, απόκρημνος, ασυνεχήςGreek
  • abrupto, súbito, brusco, cortante, repentinoSpanish
  • erottaa, katkaistu, keskeyttää, äkillinen, odottamaton, töksähtävä, äkkijyrkkä, karkeaFinnish
  • brusque, precipité, abruptFrench
  • תלולHebrew
  • tiba-tibaIndonesian
  • sconnesso, brusca, discontinua, brusco, sconnessa, discontinuoItalian
  • abruptusLatin
  • moteMāori
  • ta' malajr, f'daqqa, ta' mod goffMaltese
  • bruusk, kortaf, afgeknot, abrupt, hortend, plots, steilDutch
  • skarp, brå, avkortet, bratt, plutseligNorwegian
  • brusco, interromper, abrupto, rude, abscindirPortuguese
  • abruptRomanian
  • крутой, бесцеремонный, обрывистый, резкий, внезапный, неожиданныйRussian
  • అకస్మాత్తుగాTelugu
  • рапто́вийUkrainian

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