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1‘the car came to an abrupt halt’
sudden, immediate, instantaneous, hurried, hasty, quick, swift, rapid, speedy, precipitate
unexpected, surprising, startling, unanticipated, unforeseen, without warning
violent, headlong, breakneck, meteoric
2‘an abrupt manner’
curt, brusque, blunt, short, sharp, terse, brisk, crisp, gruff, snappish, snappy, unceremonious, offhand, cavalier, rough, harsh
rude, discourteous, uncivil, surly, churlish
bluff, no-nonsense, to the point, laconic
friendly, polite, expansive
3‘he tends to write in abrupt, epigrammatic paragraphs’
jerky, uneven, irregular, disconnected, discontinuous, broken, rough, inelegant
4‘an abrupt slope’
steep, sheer, precipitous, bluff, sharp, sudden, acute
perpendicular, vertical, dizzy, vertiginous
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