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outbreak

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of outbreak

  1. 1 a sudden and usually temporary growth of activity <there was an immediate outbreak of paper shuffling and a pretense of work when the supervisor passed through the room> Synonyms burst, flare, flare-up, flash, flicker, flurry, flutter, outburst, spurt Related Words recrudescence, recurrence, renewal; binge, jag, spree; boost, increase, pickup, upswing, upturn; epidemic, eruption, explosion, paroxysm; deluge, flood, rush, spate, surge, volley; commotion, furor, uproar Near Antonyms calm, doldrums, slump

  2. 2 open fighting against authority (as one's own government) <the government quelled the outbreak with ruthless efficiency> Synonyms insurgence, insurgency, insurrection, mutiny, rebellion, revolt, revolution, rising, uprisingRelated Words coup, coup d'état (or coup d'etat), overthrow; misprision, sedition, treachery, treason; sabotage, subversionNear Antonyms counterinsurgency, counterrevolution




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