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abrupt sudden and unexpected. [1/3 definitions]
act of God in law, a sudden unforeseen event, esp. a natural disaster such as an earthquake, flood, or tornado, that is caused entirely by forces of nature and could not have been prevented.
affright (archaic) sudden fear. [1/3 definitions]
agony a sudden emotional outburst. [1/3 definitions]
alarm a sudden apprehension marked by distress or anxiety. [2/5 definitions]
anacoluthon a sudden shift within a sentence from one grammatical structure to another, esp. when done for rhetorical effect.
angina pectoris severe recurrent pain in the chest caused by a sudden decrease in the amount of blood flowing to the heart muscle.
apoplexy the sudden loss of the ability to feel or move, caused by a rupture or obstruction of an artery in the brain; stroke.
avalanche the sudden rush of a large quantity of snow, ice, or rocks down a mountain. [2/4 definitions]
bang a sudden, loud, explosive sound. [4/11 definitions]
bathos a sudden descent from an exalted style or esteemed state to the commonplace. [1/2 definitions]
blast a powerful and sudden gust or stream. [1/12 definitions]
blaze1 a sudden, intense fire, or an outburst of fire or emotion. [1/6 definitions]
blow1 a sudden disappointment or disaster. [1/3 definitions]
blowout the sudden bursting of a vessel containing air or liquid under pressure, esp. an automobile tire. [2 definitions]
bolt1 to make an abrupt dash or sudden move, as though to escape. [1/14 definitions]
boot (slang) a sudden dismissal (usu. prec. by "the"). [1/10 definitions]
bounce a sudden spring or jump. [1/10 definitions]
brainstorm a sudden inspiration or bright idea. [1/6 definitions]
brain wave (informal) a sudden idea, inspiration, or the like. [1/2 definitions]
break a sudden change, as in pitch or direction. [1/26 definitions]