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[out-burst] /ˈaʊtˌbɜrst/
a sudden and violent release or outpouring:
an outburst of tears.
a sudden spell of activity, energy, etc.
a public disturbance; riot; outbreak.
a bursting forth; eruption.
Origin of outburst
1650-60; out- + burst Unabridged
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  • The ritual is an outburst of color, scent and libation in a notably austere faith.
  • Fifteen months later, another outburst produced more menacing lava flows.
  • And it's becoming increasingly obvious with each outburst that you have no facts, and no data.
  • No outburst by a disaffected human should be ignored.
  • The stress may build up to the point where a monkey reacts vocally, and others mistake the outburst as an alarm.
  • They paused near a confluence point and happened to notice, at some distance along the water's edge, a large outburst of steam.
  • He wreaked havoc with his family and his two wives and no day went by without some outburst or perceived slight.
  • The big shot might respond with an aggressive outburst meant to put the little guy in his place.
  • In the gymnasium where reporters watched the event, the volume was cranked up on the speakers, and her outburst sounded harsh.
  • There is scarcely one poem by him which is felt to be an outburst of unpremeditated, careless lyric rapture.
British Dictionary definitions for outburst


a sudden and violent expression of emotion
an explosion or eruption
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Word Origin and History for outburst

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

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