outburst

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From Middle English outbersten, outbresten, equivalent to out- +‎ burst. Cognate with Dutch uitbarsten (to erupt; burst out), German ausbersten (to burst out; erupt).

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outburst (third-person singular simple present outbursts, present participle outbursting, simple past outburst or outbrast, past participle outburst or outbursten)

  1. (intransitive) To burst out.

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outburst (plural outbursts)

  1. a sudden, often violent expression of emotion or activity.
    The man greeted us with an outburst of invective

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