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outburst

[out-burst] /ˈaʊtˌbɜrst/
noun
1.
a sudden and violent release or outpouring:
an outburst of tears.
2.
a sudden spell of activity, energy, etc.
3.
a public disturbance; riot; outbreak.
4.
a bursting forth; eruption.
Origin of outburst
1650-1660
1650-60; out- + burst
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  • "I've already done it, Jim," the general chose to ignore the outburst.

    Progress Report Mark Clifton
  • So sure was Stuart of victory, Nan's outburst made no impression on his mind.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • My father is an old man,” said Richard; and then with an outburst, “And a damned sight finer fellow than either you or Dalton!

  • I had expected from her violent action, an outburst of words; but it did not come.

    Princess Zara Ross Beeckman
  • He was appalled at the outburst of Anglophobia and war-talk which followed the message.

British Dictionary definitions for outburst

outburst

/ˈaʊtˌbɜːst/
noun
1.
a sudden and violent expression of emotion
2.
an explosion or eruption
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Word Origin and History for outburst
n.

1650s, from out + burst (v.). Outbresten was a verb in Middle English (mid-12c.), from Old English utaberstan.

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