[in-tuh-ruhp-shuh n]
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Origin of interruption

1350–1400; Middle English interrupcio(u)n < Latin interruptiōn- (stem of interruptiō). See interrupt, -ion
Related formsre·in·ter·rup·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of interruption

  • The wayfarers all gazed in the utmost astonishment at the interruption.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Meanwhile her mentor, Mr. Day, was delighted at the interruption of her task.

  • I think the others were as grateful as I for the interruption.

  • We met with no interruption, however, reaching New York in due time.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He turned round, not at all disconcerted by the interruption.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for interruption


  1. something that interrupts, such as a comment, question, or action
  2. an interval or intermission
  3. the act of interrupting or the state of being interrupted
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Word Origin and History for interruption

late 14c., "a break of continuity," from Old French interrupcion and directly from Latin interruptionem (nominative interruptio) "a breaking off, interruption, interval," noun of action from past participle stem of interrumpere (see interrupt). Meaning "a breaking in upon some action" is from c.1400; that of "a pause, a temporary cessation" is early 15c.

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