Abrupt vs Impertinent - What's the difference?
As adjectives the difference between abrupt and impertinent
is that abrupt
is (obsolete|rare) broken away (from restraint) while impertinent
is insolent, ill-mannered.
As nouns the difference between abrupt and impertinent
is that abrupt
is (poetic) something which is ; an abyss
[ while impertinent is an impertinent individual. ]
As a verb abrupt is (archaic) to tear off or asunder
(obsolete, rare) Broken away (from restraint).
Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious.
* (rfdate) (William Shakespeare), Henry VI Part I, II-iii
- The party came to an abrupt end when the parents of our host arrived.
Curt in manner; brusque; rude; uncivil; impolite.
- The cause of your abrupt departure.
Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected; disjointed. [ ]
* (rfdate) (Ben Jonson)
(obsolete) Broken off.
- The abrupt style, which hath many breaches.
Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. [ ]
* (rfdate) (Thomson)
(botany) Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate.
- Tumbling through ricks abrupt .
* (precipitous) broken, rough, rugged
* (without time to prepare) brusque, sudden
* (uncivil)blunt, brusque
* (without transition) disconnected, unexpected
(archaic) To tear off or asunder.
* (rfdate) Sir T. (Browne)
To interrupt suddenly.
- Till death abrupts them.
(poetic) Something which is ; an abyss.
* (rfdate) (Milton)
- Over the vast abrupt .
* Jeremy Taylor
- things that are impertinent to us
irrelevant (opposite of pertinent)
- How impertinent that grief was which served no end!
Although, historically, definition 2 was the original (derived from the French below) usage; meaning gradually changed to definition 1. More recently general usage has come to, once again, incorporate definition 2. As many older speakers will consider definition 2 incorrect, avoiding the word altogether may be advisable. The construction "not pertinent" is one possible alternative.
* See also
An impertinent individual.
* (Maria Edgeworth)
- comfortably recessed from curious impertinents