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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abruptly, suddenly, short, deadadverb

    quickly and without warning

    "he stopped suddenly"


  1. abruptlyadverb

    In an abrupt manner; without giving notice, or without the usual forms; suddenly; precipitously.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Abruptlyadverb

    Hastily, without the due forms of preparation.

    The sweetness of virtue’s disposition, jealous even over itself, suffered her not to enter abruptly into questions of Musidorus. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Now missing from their joy so lately found,
    So lately found, and so abruptly gone. Par. Regain. b. ii.

    They both of them punctually observed the time thus agreed upon, and that in whatever company or business they were engaged, they left it abruptly, as soon as the clock warned them to retire. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 241.


  1. abruptly

    Abruptly refers to something happening suddenly, unexpectedly, or without any warning. It signifies a kind of action that is quick, curt, or unanticipated in nature. It is often associated with a lack of continuity or a break in the normal flow of things.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abruptlyadverb

    in an abrupt manner; without giving notice, or without the usual forms; suddenly

  2. Abruptlyadverb


British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'abruptly' in Adverbs Frequency: #389

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abruptly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abruptly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of abruptly in a Sentence

  1. Joe Chermak:

    We did n’t really think much of it, but all I know is that they kind of left abruptly in the middle of the show.

  2. Joe Schrank:

    We think of addiction as this light switch you can turn on and off, what we're learning is that for some people, it's similar to scuba diving: You can only come up 20 feet so often or you get very, very sick. When people stop immediately and that abruptly, it really makes them vulnerable.

  3. Joan Didion:

    Many people I know in Los Angeles believe that the Sixties ended abruptly on August 9, 1969, ended at the exact moment when word of the murders on Cielo Drive traveled like brushfire through the community, and in a sense this is true. The tension broke that day. The paranoia was fulfilled.

  4. Joe Chermak:

    They all seemed well-behaved. And also, like, they were all in uniforms, so at first I thought it was a group of kids coming from another school, we did n’t really think much of it, but all I know is that they kind of left abruptly in the middle of the show.

  5. Brendan Steele:

    It's hard to tell from the tee but it looked like it had a chance and then we saw it abruptly move, the way it would only do if it hit the hole.

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  • ра́птамBelarusian
  • внезапно, рязко, безцеремонноBulgarian
  • abruptament, precipitadamentCatalan, Valencian
  • unerwartet, abgerissen, plötzlich, abschüssig, abruptGerman
  • αποτόμως, εσπευσμένως, αιφνιδίωςGreek
  • abruptamente, precipitadamenteSpanish
  • yht'äkkiä, äkkijyrkkä, yhtäkkiä, äkillinen, äkillisestiFinnish
  • tout d'un coup, abruptement, précipitammentFrench
  • एकाएकHindi
  • tiba-tibaIndonesian
  • improvvisamenteItalian
  • abrupt, bruusk, plotseling, plotsDutch
  • naglePolish
  • abruptamentePortuguese
  • abrupt, deodatăRomanian
  • резко, внезапно, отрывисто, неожиданно, бесцеремонноRussian
  • abruptSwedish
  • อย่างฉับพลันThai
  • anidenTurkish

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