Difference between Abrupt and Sudden

What is the difference between Abrupt and Sudden?

Abrupt as a verb is to tear off or asunder. while Sudden as a verb is suddenly.


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: Fossil fuels, including oil, are running out and supplies are getting harder to find. If we do nothing, prices will continue to rise and our reliance on oil will come to an abrupt and tumultuous end, causing global economic and social turmoil.


Part of speech: adjective

Definition: Happening quickly and with little or no warning.

Part of speech: adverb

Definition: Suddenly.

Example sentence: Puberty hit me pretty hard. All of a sudden, I woke up, and I had really curly hair.

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

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