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abrupt

1. Botany shaped as though a part has been cut off; truncate
2. Geology (of strata) cropping out suddenly

abrupt

[ə′brəpt]
(botany)
Ending suddenly, as though broken off.
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The hill, crowned with wood, which they had descended, receiving increased abruptness from the distance, was a beautiful object.
I'll try," she said faintly, at the same time making a note of the directness, abruptness, and haste of these city men with whom she was coming in contact.
They also spoke of the romantic nature of the road over the pass, and how in one place it had been cut through a flank of the solid rock, in such a way that the mountain overhung the tourist as he passed by; and they furthermore said that the sharp turns in the road and the abruptness of the descent would afford us a thrilling experience, for we should go down in a flying gallop and seem to be spinning around the rings of a whirlwind, like a drop of whiskey descending the spirals of a corkscrew.
Then suddenly it turned parallel with the edge of a steep-walled gap, which came without warning, like the ha-ha of an English park,-- turned with an unexpected abruptness.
And he read that welcome postscript, which made him forget the abruptness of the letter.
He was silent again for a few moments, and then he said, with fierce abruptness, "I'll go to him--I'll bring him back--I'll make him go and look at her in her misery--he shall look at her till he can't forget it--it shall follow him night and day--as long as he lives it shall follow him--he shan't escape wi' lies this time-- I'll fetch him, I'll drag him myself.
Accustomed by this time to the calculated abruptness of my manner, it no longer discomposed or surprised her, and she answered with only so much of hesitation as was rendered inevitable by the difficulty she experienced in improvising the translation of her thoughts from French to English.
Pray," says Sir Leicester to Mercury, "what do you mean by announcing with this abruptness a young man of the name of Guppy?
Without any reason that could justify, any apology that could atone for the abruptness, the rudeness, nay, the insolence of it.
His face had gone red and white with such abruptness as to startle her.
The report of a gun blasted the silence of a dead Devonport with startling abruptness.
The abruptness and the anonymity with which these attacks were carried out make them scary, to say the least.