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Abruptness

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Abru'ptness. n.s. [from abrupt.]

  1. An abrupt manner, haste, suddenness, untimely vehemence.
  2. The state of an abrupt thing; unconnectedness, roughness, cragginess.

    The crystallized bodies found in the perpendicular intervals, are easily known from those that are lodged in the strata. The former have always their root, as the jewellers call it, which is only the abruptness, at the end of the body whereby it adhered to the stone, or sides of the intervals; which abruptness is caused by its being broke off from the said stone. Woodward's Natural History, p. 4.

Sources: Woodward, John (78)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Abruptness." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 28, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=810.


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