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With an abruptness that almost awakened her, he carried her in to his wife.

The abruptness of the action did not create any emotion in him—his thoughts were absent.

Noting she looked hurt at his abruptness, he kissed her quickly.

He admitted the impeachment in the midst of his astonishment with an abruptness equal to her own.

He stopped in the middle of the room with an abruptness which portended something.

Was there another meaning in Saradine's blend of brilliancy and abruptness?

Indeed the transitions are generally marked by their abruptness.

"I was thinking of Cousin Jack," she said, a little startled at his abruptness.

The abruptness of the question was quite disconcerting to Kathleen.

The abruptness of the question caused the stranger to smile.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Latin abruptus "broken off, precipitous, disconnected," past participle of abrumpere "break off," from ab- "off" (see ab-) + rumpere "break" (see rupture (n.)). Related: Abruptly; abruptness.

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