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abrupt

adjective Suddenly, unexpected.
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His shoulders abruptly altered their shape, and he heaved the whole huge thing high over his head, like a headsman's axe about to fall.
the door of the reserved gallery which had hitherto remained so inopportunely closed, opened still more inopportunely; and the ringing voice of the usher announced abruptly, "His eminence, Monseigneur the Cardinal de Bourbon.
And when, at last, Daylight decided that the horse had had enough, he turned him around abruptly and put him into a gentle canter on the forward track.
Chickens and puarkas and cats, that he had never seen before, had a way of abruptly appearing on Meringe Plantation.
The experiment succeeded: Francine returned to the question that he had put to her, and abruptly answered it.
This was the matter: the trail of the young man had abruptly ended, and all beyond was smooth, unbroken snow.
He strode several times across the room in the steadfast gaze of the physician; then, abruptly confronting him, almost shouted: "What has all this to do with my trouble, Dr.
It breaks off abruptly in the middle of a sentence.
Does that mean," she resumed, abruptly, "that you believe her?
I believe in no fixed law of development, causing all the inhabitants of a country to change abruptly, or simultaneously, or to an equal degree.
Are we to suppose that each island is surrounded by a collar-like submarine ledge of rock, or by a great bank of sediment, ending abruptly where the reef ends?
For my own part, I am sure I shall always be very glad to see Mr Blifil; but his own good sense would not have suffered him to proceed so abruptly, had you not compelled him to it.