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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Definitions for irrupt

  1. To burst in forcibly or suddenly; to intrude.
  2. (Ecology) To increase rapidly in number.

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Citations for irrupt
Furthermore, and most decisively, the 1848 revolutions had shown how the masses could irrupt into the closed circle of their rulers, and the progress of industrial society itself made their pressure constantly greater even in non-revolutionary periods. Eric J. Hobsbawm, The Age of Capital: 1848-1875
What happens in these flashes of inspiration is a kind of transcendence in science in which a new concept, something that has never been dreamt or thought of before, irrupts into the scientist's imagination. Roy Bhaskar, Reflections on Meta-Reality
Origin of irrupt
Irrupt is derived from the past participle of Latin irrumpere, from ir-, in-, "in" + rumpere, "to break."
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