- 1sudden and unexpected, often in an unpleasant way an abrupt change/halt/departure The accident brought his career to an abrupt end.
- 2speaking or acting in a way that seems unfriendly and rude; not taking time to say more than is necessary synonym brusque, curt an abrupt manner She was very abrupt with me in our meeting.
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NAmE//əˈbrʌptli//adverb The interview ended abruptly.
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