- 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
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Examples from the Web for outburst
And did you know it was going to happen because of War Machine's outburst at your birthday party back in 2009?The Porn Party Where War Machine Went Ballistic
August 20, 2014
When television news crews showed up at his house to ask about the outburst, he said he “felt like a star.”British Politician Threatens To Punch Muslim Woman in the Throat
June 20, 2014
He apologized, but his outburst touched off a blizzard of tweets proclaiming him a “thug” and “ghetto boy.”Peyton Manning Vs. Richard Sherman
January 31, 2014
Ford seemed surprised when this outburst of honesty after months of denials did not result in a healing reset with the media.The Gonzo Life of Mayor McCrack
November 9, 2013
David Freedlander reports on the outburst by spokeswoman Barbara Morgan, previously a well-regarded flack.Anthony Weiner Aide’s Rant Is the Capper to a Campaign Gone Wild
August 1, 2013
Their outburst of melody is like a brook let loose from wintry chains.Buds and Bird Voices (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Not with an outburst of horror; he had not even been informed that he was irreverent.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
The Satanic energy of this outburst proclaims its author, Marlowe.The Man Shakespeare
This outburst from Mrs. Porter startled the girl; it was so passionate, so vehement.
After the first outburst a sullen anger took possession of the race-goers.
- a sudden and violent expression of emotion
- an explosion or eruption
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Word Origin and History for outburst
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