in·​ter·​rupt·​er | \ ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tər How to pronounce interrupter (audio) \
variants: or less commonly interruptor

Definition of interrupter

: one that interrupts especially : a device for interrupting an electric current usually automatically

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The Men and Women of Color and other groups of peace builders and violence interrupters walked the streets until 2 a.m. Rebecca Lurye,, "Mayor Luke Bronin asks state for help with city violence as latest homicide suspect faces judge," 16 July 2019 Bocanegra is senior director of the Heartland Alliance and formerly a violence interrupter at CeaseFire and the founding director of the YMCA’s Urban Warriors program. Rick Kogan,, "Chicago roundtable lets Big Ideas be shared the old-fashioned way, face to face," 5 June 2019 Full-time violence interrupters are paid approximately $36,000 yearly. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville violence interrupter suspended months after being indicted on drug charges," 23 Apr. 2019 Part of the future plan is to establish six different sites across high-crime neighborhoods that will employ 10-person teams of violence interrupters. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville has about 50 fewer cops on patrol but violent crime is down," 31 May 2018 Sanchez, who got out of prison in 20018, began working as a violence interrupter with CeaseFire in 2010. Nereida Moreno,, "CeaseFire boss: Accused gang leader did what was needed to prevent more bloodshed," 10 Apr. 2018 The interrupters work in violence-prone areas of the District to seek out and mediate disputes, often over petty issues, that can escalate into violence. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. Council member’s cousin among 3 shot, wounded Tuesday night," 30 May 2018 Interrupting mirror face is uncomfortable for interrupter and interrupted alike, but there’s no need to defend mirror face with words like empowerment or self-esteem, today’s preferred rationale for female appearances. Molly Fischer, The Cut, "Mirror Face," 2 Apr. 2018 So long as these interrupters abide by Twitter's TOS, their disagreeable posts and arguments break no apparent site rules. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Twitter CEO wants to study platform’s “health,” but is he ignoring the cancer?," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of interrupter

circa 1512, in the meaning defined above

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