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[dis-ruhp-shuh n] /dɪsˈrʌp ʃən/
forcible separation or division into parts.
a disrupted condition:
After the coup, the country was in disruption.
Business. a radical change in an industry, business strategy, etc., especially involving the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market:
Globalization and the rapid advance of technology are major causes of business disruption.
Origin of disruption
1640-50; < Latin disruptiōn- (stem of disruptiō), equivalent to disrupt- (see disrupt) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
predisruption, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And now came the event which was the cause of the disruption.

    Norman Macleod John Wellwood
  • It should be mentioned that the city of Elis had previously been in a state of disruption.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • But let no one imagine that the disruption of Trojan morals avoided heart-burning or escaped criticism.

    The Astonishing History of Troy Town Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • All the disruption and distress going before had been news; this was disaster.

  • This evening, to our great astonishment, there occurred a disruption and movement of the ice within 200 yards of the ship.

    In the Arctic Seas Francis Leopold McClintock
Word Origin and History for disruption

early 15c., from Latin disruptionem (nominative disruptio) "a breaking asunder," noun of action from past participle stem of disrumpere "break apart, split, shatter, break to pieces," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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