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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-bruhpt]
    • /əˈbrʌpt/
    • /əˈbrʌptnɪs/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-bruhpt]
    • /əˈbrʌpt/

Definitions of abruptness word

  • adjective abruptness sudden or unexpected: an abrupt departure. 1
  • adjective abruptness curt or brusque in speech, manner, etc.: an abrupt reply. 1
  • adjective abruptness terminating or changing suddenly: an abrupt turn in a road. 1
  • adjective abruptness having many sudden changes from one subject to another; lacking in continuity or smoothness: an abrupt writing style. 1
  • adjective abruptness steep; precipitous: an abrupt descent. 1
  • adjective abruptness Botany. truncate (def 4). 1

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Origin of abruptness

First appearance:

before 1575
One of the 34% oldest English words
1575-85; < Latin abruptus broken off (past participle of abrumpere), equivalent to ab- ab- + -rup- break + -tus past participle suffix

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Parts of speech for Abruptness


abruptness popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abruptness

noun abruptness

  • shelf — a thin slab of wood, metal, etc., fixed horizontally to a wall or in a frame, for supporting objects.
  • ramp — a wild onion, Allium tricoccum, of the amaryllis family, of eastern North America, having flat leaves and rounded clusters of whitish flowers; eaten raw or used as a flavoring in cooked foods.
  • hill — the small hill in Washington, D.C., on which the Capitol stands.
  • declivity — a downward slope, esp of the ground
  • tip — Eugene (Gladstone) 1888–1953, U.S. playwright: Nobel prize 1936.

Antonyms for abruptness

noun abruptness

  • break even — to attain a level of activity, as in commerce, or a point of operation, as in gambling, at which there is neither profit nor loss
  • upgrade — an incline going up in the direction of movement.
  • level — having no part higher than another; having a flat or even surface.
  • composure — Composure is the appearance or feeling of calm and the ability to control your feelings.
  • happiness — the quality or state of being happy.

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