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 for Sudden
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sudden \Sud"den\, adv.
     Suddenly; unexpectedly. [R.]
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           Herbs of every leaf that sudden flowered. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sudden \Sud"den\, a. [OE. sodian, sodein, OF. sodain, sudain, F.
     soudain, L. subitaneus, fr. subitus sudden, that has come
     unexpectedly, p. p. of subire to come on, to steal upon; sub
     under, secretly + ire to go. See Issue, and cf.
     1. Happening without previous notice or with very brief
        notice; coming unexpectedly, or without the common
        preparation; immediate; instant; speedy. "O sudden wo!"
        --Chaucer. "For fear of sudden death." --Shak.
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              Sudden fear troubleth thee.           --Job xxii.
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     2. Hastly prepared or employed; quick; rapid.
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              Never was such a sudden scholar made. --Shak.
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              The apples of Asphaltis, appearing goodly to the
              sudden eye.                           --Milton.
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     3. Hasty; violent; rash; precipitate. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     Syn: Unexpected; unusual; abrupt; unlooked-for.
          [1913 Webster] -- Sud"den*ly, adv. -- Sud"den*ness,
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sudden \Sud"den\, n.
     An unexpected occurrence; a surprise.
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     All of a sudden, On a sudden, Of a sudden, sooner than
        was expected; without the usual preparation; suddenly.
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              How art thou lost! how on a sudden lost! --Milton.
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              He withdrew his opposition all of a sudden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: happening without warning or in a short space of time; "a
             sudden storm"; "a sudden decision"; "a sudden cure" [ant:

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "sudden":
     aback, abrupt, abruptly, accelerated, breakneck, breathless, brisk,
     electrifying, expeditious, extraordinary, fast, fleet, forthwith,
     hasty, headlong, hurried, immediate, impatient, impetuous,
     improbable, impulsive, more than expected, nerve-shattering,
     out-of-the-way, overhasty, panting, past expectation, precipitant,
     precipitate, precipitous, quick, rapid, rash, reckless, rushing,
     shocking, short, speedy, startling, suddenly, surprising, swift,
     unannounced, unanticipated, unanticipatedly, unaware, undivined,
     unexpected, unexpectedly, unforeseeable, unforeseen, unguessed,
     unheralded, unhoped for, unlooked-for, unpredictable, unpredicted,
     unprepared for, unwonted, without warning

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