(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 .
Debased, uncouth, distasteful, obscene.
, year= 1551
, year_published= 1888
, title= A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles: Founded Mainly on the Materials Collected by the Philological Society.
, url= http://books.google.com/books?id=JmpXAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA217
, section= Part 1
, publisher= Clarendon Press
, location= Oxford
, volume= 1
, page= 217
, passage= Also the rule of false position, with dyuers examples not onely vulgar
, but some appertaynyng to the rule of Algeber.
* The construction worker made a vulgar suggestion to the girls walking down the street.
(classical sense) Having to do with ordinary, common people.
* Bishop Fell
- It might be more useful to the English reader to write in our vulgar language.
* 1860 , G. Syffarth, "A Remarkable Seal in Dr. Abbott's Museum at New York", Transactions of the Academy of Science of St. Louis? , age 265
- The mechanical process of multiplying books had brought the New Testament in the vulgar tongue within the reach of every class.
- Further, the same sacred name in other monuments precedes the vulgar name of King Takellothis , the sixth of the XXII. Dyn., as we have seen.
* (obscene) inappropriate, obscene, debased, uncouth, offensive, ignoble, mean, profane
* (ordinary) common, ordinary, popular
* (obscene) vulgarity
* (ordinary) vulgar fraction, vulgate, Vulgate
* vulgar fraction