Difference between Abrupt and Staccato

What is the difference between Abrupt and Staccato?

Abrupt as a verb is to tear off or asunder. while Staccato as a verb is played in this style


Part of speech: verb

Definition: To tear off or asunder. To interrupt suddenly.

Part of speech: noun

Definition: Something which is abrupt.

Part of speech: adjective

Definition: Extremely steep or craggy as if broken up; precipitous. Without notice to prepare the mind for the event; sudden; hasty; unceremonious. Curt in manner; rude; uncivil; impolite. Having sudden transitions from one subject or state to another; unconnected. Suddenly terminating, as if cut off; truncate.

Example sentence: After the abrupt death of my mother, Jane, on Sept. 5, 1991, of a disease called amyloidosis, my dad took up golf at 57. He and my mother had always played tennis - a couples' game of mixed doubles and tennis bracelets and Love-Love. But in mourning, Dad turned Job-like to golf, a game of frustration and golf widows and solitary hours on the range.


Part of speech: noun

Definition: An articulation marking directing that a note or passage of notes are to be played in an abruptly disconnected manner, with each note sounding for a very short duration, and a short break lasting until the sounding of the next note; as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by a dot directly above or below the notehead.A passage having this mark.

Part of speech: adverb

Definition: played in this style

Part of speech: adjective

Definition: describing a passage having this markMade up of abruptly disconnected parts or sounds.

We hope you now know whether to use Abrupt or Staccato in your sentence.

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