1. Something which is abrupt; an abyss. <ref name=SOED/>


  1. To tear off or asunder. <ref name=SOED/>
  2. To interrupt suddenly. <ref name=SOED/>


  1. Broken away (from restraint).
  2. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. <ref name=SOED/>
    The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived.
  3. Curt in manner; brusque; rude; uncivil; impolite. <ref name=SOED/>
  4. Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed. <ref name=SOED/>
    The abrupt style, which hath many breaches.
  5. Broken off. <ref name =SOED/>
  6. Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. <ref name=SOED/>
  7. Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate. <ref name=SOED/>

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