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abrupt

adjective Suddenly, unexpected.
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He rose, opened the door with unnecessary abruptness, and waited on the landing.
John dropped the concentrated abruptness of his manner, and explained that Bennett was a man who lived in an old windmill six miles out of Cambridge.
when, checking himself in that abruptness, he only inquired after Mrs.
At length, however, he broke the pause by asking, with a certain quiet abruptness peculiar to himself, if I liked flowers.
His face had gone red and white with such abruptness as to startle her.
And so, when Mister Haggin, or God, or call it what one will with the limitations of language, picked Jerry up with imperative abruptness, tucked him under his arm, and stepped into the whaleboat, whose black crew immediately bent to the oars, Jerry was instantly and nervously aware that the unusual had begun to happen.
He halted with awkward abruptness, with stiff fore-legs bracing himself against his momentum, almost sitting down on his haunches, so desirous was he of avoiding contact with the dog he was in the act of attacking.
Even in the fervent outpouring of her affection, there was still the inherent abruptness of manner which so strongly marked Lady Lydiard's character in all the relations of life.
The report of a gun blasted the silence of a dead Devonport with startling abruptness.
Treloar, who happened to be sitting next to him, was startled by the abruptness of the attack, and wondered what grounds he had ever given the little man to believe that he could call a woman a pig.
It was no very easy matter to mistake Newman Noggs, after having once seen him, and as Kate, attracted by the singularity of his manner (in which on this occasion, however, there was something respectful and even delicate, notwithstanding the abruptness of his speech), looked at him more closely, she recollected having caught a passing glimpse of that strange figure before.
In the Cordillera I have seen mountains on a far grander scale, but for abruptness, nothing at all comparable with this.