out·burst | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbərst \

Definition of outburst 

1 : a violent expression of feeling an outburst of anger

2 : a surge of activity or growth new outbursts of creative power —C. E. Montague

3 : eruption volcanic outbursts

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Synonyms & Antonyms for outburst


blast, blowup, burst, bursting, detonation, eruption, explosion



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Examples of outburst in a Sentence

the judge directed the courtroom spectators to refrain from any outbursts when the verdict was read there was a remarkable outburst of work in the office as the visiting VIPs made their tour

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And haven’t cathartic outbursts of rage always been helpful and productive? Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'First Purge': Not worth the splurge," 3 July 2018 Boris Becker was never known for being particularly diplomatic on the tennis court and the three-times Wimbledon champion's frequent outbursts of emotions are still legendary. Rick Noack, chicagotribune.com, "Former tennis champion Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity in bankruptcy case," 15 June 2018 President Donald Trump has managed to enrage most of America's closest allies by hitting them with name-calling, Twitter outbursts and steep tariffs on their steel and aluminum. Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: There are ‘nuggets of truth’ to what Trump says about trade," 10 June 2018 Kilauea’s latest outburst isn’t big enough for such an impact. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "What Is Kilauea’s Impact on the Climate?," 26 May 2018 Medina's testimony to detectives details what became alarmingly clear after the shooting: School officials long knew about Cruz's bouts of rage, obsession with weapons and Nazi imagery and violent outbursts against fellow students. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'All the signs were there.' On video, guard says school knew Parkland shooter posed threat," 5 June 2018 Knowing how to regulate emotions means more than just avoiding outbursts in the candy aisle. Jennifer Breheny Wallace, WSJ, "When Children Lose Control," 6 July 2018 And Mr Trump’s outbursts will probably not be much help in winning over European hearts, minds or wallets. The Economist, "The American president lambasts his allies," 12 July 2018 Since Sintay’s outburst, the community has come together to replace Drew’s belongings. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "White Man Arrested After Throwing Black Homeless Man’s Belongings In Lake," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of outburst

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of outburst was in 1657

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English Language Learners Definition of outburst

: a sudden expression of strong feeling

: a sudden increase in activity


out·burst | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbərst \

Kids Definition of outburst

1 : a sudden expression of strong feeling an angry outburst

2 : a sudden increase of activity or growth

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