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[dis-ruhpt] /dɪsˈrʌpt/
verb (used with object)
to cause disorder or turmoil in:
The news disrupted their conference.
to destroy, usually temporarily, the normal continuance or unity of; interrupt:
Telephone service was disrupted for hours.
to break apart:
to disrupt a connection.
Business. to radically change (an industry, business strategy, etc.), as by introducing a new product or service that creates a new market:
It’s time to disrupt your old business model.
broken apart; disrupted.
Origin of disrupt
1650-60; < Latin disruptus (variant of dīruptus, past participle of dīrumpere; dī- di-2 + rumpere to break), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + rup- break + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
disrupter, disruptor, noun
nondisrupting, adjective
nondisruptingly, adverb
undisrupted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Instantly his disrupter burst appeared on the screen off the starboard bow of the black enemy.

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  • As he did, the first disrupter explosion came, not two kilometers ahead.

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British Dictionary definitions for disrupter


(transitive) to throw into turmoil or disorder
(transitive) to interrupt the progress of (a movement, meeting, etc)
to break or split (something) apart
Derived Forms
disrupter, disruptor, noun
disruption, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin disruptus burst asunder, from dīrumpere to dash to pieces, from dis-1 + rumpere to burst
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Word Origin and History for disrupter



1650s, but rare before c.1820, from Latin disruptus, past participle of disrumpere (see disruption). Or perhaps a back-formation from disruption. Related: Disrupted; disrupting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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