Cliff vs Abrupt - What's the difference?

cliff | abrupt |


As a proper noun cliff

is a diminutive of the male given name clifford .

As an adjective abrupt is

(obsolete|rare) broken away (from restraint) .

As a verb abrupt is

(archaic) to tear off or asunder .

As a noun abrupt is

(poetic) something which is ; an abyss .

cliff

English

(wikipedia cliff)

Etymology 1

(etyl) clif .

Noun

(en noun)
  • A vertical (or nearly vertical) rock face.
  • Synonyms
    * precipice
    Derived terms
    * cliff swallow * cliff-face * cliffed * cliffhanger * cliffing * cliffy

    Etymology 2

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (music)
  • (Webster 1913)

    abrupt

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • (obsolete, rare) Broken away (from restraint).
  • Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
  • The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived.
  • * (rfdate) (William Shakespeare), Henry VI Part I, II-iii
  • The cause of your abrupt departure.
  • Curt in manner; brusque; rude; uncivil; impolite.
  • Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed.
  • * (rfdate) (Ben Jonson)
  • The abrupt style, which hath many breaches.
  • (obsolete) Broken off.
  • Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous.
  • * (rfdate) (Thomson)
  • Tumbling through ricks abrupt .
  • (botany) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate.
  • (Gray)

    Synonyms

    * (precipitous) broken, rough, rugged * (without time to prepare) brusque, sudden * (uncivil)blunt, brusque * (without transition) disconnected, unexpected

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To tear off or asunder.
  • * (rfdate) Sir T. (Browne)
  • Till death abrupts them.
  • To interrupt suddenly.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (poetic) Something which is ; an abyss.
  • * (rfdate) (Milton)
  • Over the vast abrupt .

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