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  1. a sudden and violent release or outpouring: an outburst of tears.
  2. a sudden spell of activity, energy, etc.
  3. a public disturbance; riot; outbreak.
  4. a bursting forth; eruption.
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Origin of outburst

First recorded in 1650–60; out- + burst
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Related Words for outburst

tantrum, explosion, burst, eruption, surge, outpouring, flare-up, frenzy, storm, outbreak, upheaval, spasm, blow, gust, rapture, flare, scene, access, conniption, attack

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British Dictionary definitions for outburst


  1. a sudden and violent expression of emotion
  2. an explosion or eruption
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Word Origin and History for outburst


1650s, from out + burst (v.). Outbresten was a verb in Middle English (mid-12c.), from Old English utaberstan.

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