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outbreak

[out-breyk] /ˈaʊtˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption:
the outbreak of war.
2.
a sudden and active manifestation:
an outbreak of hives.
3.
an outburst:
an outbreak of temper.
4.
an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.
5.
a public disturbance; riot.
Origin of outbreak
1595-1605
1595-1605; out- + break
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outbreak

/ˈaʊtˌbreɪk/
noun
1.
a sudden, violent, or spontaneous occurrence, esp of disease or strife
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Word Origin and History for outbreak
n.

"eruption" (of disease, hostilities, etc.), c.1600, from out + break (v.). Outbreak was a verb in Middle English (c.1300).

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