- a sudden breaking out or occurrence; eruption: the outbreak of war.
- a sudden and active manifestation: an outbreak of hives.
- an outburst: an outbreak of temper.
- an insurrection, revolt, or mutiny.
- a public disturbance; riot.
Origin of outbreak
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Examples from the Web for outbreak
But with the outbreak of hostilities in mid-2011, all festivities were thrust into the deep freeze.In One Corner of Syria, Christmas Spirit Somehow Manages to Survive
December 25, 2014
“We know the outbreak is still flaming strongly in western Sierra Leone and some parts of the interior of Guinea,” said Nabarro.
It was a traditional burial—the kind that the government is now battling—that led to the first outbreak.
An outbreak in Madagascar, where the disease is endemic, already has involved more than 100 people and killed almost half.
The current Madagascar outbreak is of particular concern for two reasons.
While here, Fleeming witnessed the outbreak of the Revolution of 1848, and heard the first shot.Heroes of the Telegraph
This outbreak terminated in a sound between a snarl and a bellow.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
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
“Now and then I have an outbreak of this kind,” he added lightly.The Greater Power
- a sudden, violent, or spontaneous occurrence, esp of disease or strife
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Word Origin and History for outbreak
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