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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
First recorded in 1595-1605; out- + break
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  • While here, Fleeming witnessed the outbreak of the Revolution of 1848, and heard the first shot.

  • This outbreak terminated in a sound between a snarl and a bellow.

  • Instead he hunted up the offended Bacons and apologized for his outbreak.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • He had expected some kind of an outbreak––at least a remonstrance from his old friend.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • “Now and then I have an outbreak of this kind,” he added lightly.

    The Greater Power Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for outbreak

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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