interrupter

noun
in·​ter·​rupt·​er | \ˌin-tə-ˈrəp-tər \
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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Sanchez, who got out of prison in 20018, began working as a violence interrupter with CeaseFire in 2010. Nereida Moreno, chicagotribune.com, "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 The alliance works to address the issue by hosting community forums and embedding violence interrupters - workers trained to defuse conflict between people aiming to do harm to each other - in neighborhoods. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Violent teens make juvenile detention center feel like 'supermax,' prosecutor says," 17 Jan. 2018 The alliance has these violence interrupters at the MetroHeath and University Hospital emergency rooms to help victims and their families avoid more violence. Evan Macdonald, cleveland.com, "Violent teens make juvenile detention center feel like 'supermax,' prosecutor says," 17 Jan. 2018 This past summer, interrupters helped patrol J’Ouvert, a Labor Day festival in Brooklyn that long was plagued by violence. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘Interrupters’ Help Reduce Violence in New York City," 2 Oct. 2017 The neighborhoods without the interrupters were 12% less likely to use violence during the same period. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘Interrupters’ Help Reduce Violence in New York City," 2 Oct. 2017

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circa 1512, in the meaning defined above

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