ABRUPT, Adj. Sudden, Without Ceremony, Like The Arrival Of A Cannon- Shot And The Departure Of The Soldier Whose Interests Are Most Affected By It.

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ABRUPT, adj. Sudden, without ceremony, like the arrival of a cannon-
shot and the departure of the soldier whose interests are most
affected by it. Dr. Samuel Johnson beautifully said of another
author's ideas that they were "concatenated without abruption."
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"