Definition of abrupt :
1. An abrupt place.
2. Broken off; very steep, or craggy, as rocks, precipices, banks; precipitous; steep; as, abrupt places.
3. Having sudden transitions from one subject to another; unconnected.
4. Suddenly terminating, as if cut off.
5. To tear off or asunder.
6. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
piercing, disjointed, surprise, open, flat, short-spoken, uneven, sheer, astute, disconnected, crusty, blustering, uncivil, disunited, precipitate, precipitant, frank, garbled, overhasty, angular, disordered, shrill, scattered, split, unceremonious, level, matter-of-fact, rude, coarse, discriminating, acuate, irregular, bold, fragmented, impolite, broken, ceremonious, polite, uphill, steep, confused, falling, rugged, rough, knifelike, snippy, attitude, penetrative, ungracious, downright, discourteous, horizontal, crude, penetrating, brusk, direct, illogical, sharp-worded, inconsiderate, jagged, headlong, unconnected, unmannerly, plain-spoken, shrewd, staccato, bluff, gracious, impetuous, zigzag, needlelike
hasty (part of speech: adjective)
concise (part of speech: adjective)
impulsive (part of speech: adjective)
severe (part of speech: adjective)
Draconian, strict, tart, authoritarian, exacting, piquant, austere, basic, stiff-necked, relentless, unbending, intolerant, correct, rigorous, keen, dour, oppressive, stark, gruff, ascetic, spare, imperial, fundamental, stringent, strait-laced, acerbic, chilly, harsh, prudish, puritanical, inflexible, cool, precise, dry, astringent, icy, censorious, rigid, acute, sharp, acrimonious, lean, stern, obstinate, intense, critical, demanding, caustic, uncompromising, meticulous, Spartan, severe, disciplined, crisp, grim, frosty, bleak, raw, obdurate, hidebound, cutting
sudden (part of speech: adjective)
- He said, with an abrupt return to the personal ground: " Then you don't think Jack Wilmington need be any further considered in regard to her?" - "The Quality of Mercy", W. D. Howells.
- The abrupt arrival of an idea, the subtle start it gives to face or head or body, should be naturally suggested. - "Browning and the Dramatic Monologue", S. S. Curry.
- Just beyond this bridge, the land rose in abrupt ridges, parallel to the stream. - "The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War after the Conquest of Canada", Francis Parkman.