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The suddenness of it all held Mary voiceless for long seconds.

Then he disappeared with a suddenness that made the colonel and Dick gasp.

He was stunned by the suddenness of the catastrophe that had overtaken them.

Moreover, the suddenness of the call alarmed her and raised doubts.

Polly sat still in her chair, dazed by the suddenness and injustice of it.

Or hadn't they been prepared for the suddenness of his departure?

The suddenness of the attack flung the Spaniard into confusion.

Then he dropped the easy, bantering manner with a suddenness that was startling.

They were indeed more awed by the suddenness of his death than grieved at his loss.

The man obeyed, with the suddenness of a jack-in-the-box, and stood as if petrified.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., perhaps via Anglo-French sodein, from Old French subdain "immediate, sudden," from Vulgar Latin *subitanus, variant of Latin subitaneus "sudden," from subitus "come or go up stealthily," from sub "up to" + ire "come, go." Phrase all of a sudden first attested 1680s, earlier of a sudayn (1590s), upon the soden (1550s). Sudden death, tie-breakers in sports, first recorded 1927; earlier in reference to coin tosses (1834).

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