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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Toby's outburst may have been a side effect of him getting off his antidepressants. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "The Important Things You Missed During 'This Is Us' Last Night," 3 Oct. 2018 That, combined with other unusual features of the system, led them to propose that there used to be three stars in η Carinae, and the outburst was the result of two of them merging. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Just what’s happened to our neighborhood’s most violent star, η Carinae?," 6 Aug. 2018 When Whit Merrifield followed with an RBI single to left, the five-run outburst was complete and a stunned audience of 38,436 was silent. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Royals 5, Brewers 4: Baseball's lowest-scoring team turns it around in a hurry," 27 June 2018 While details of the incident remain unclear, the NYT interview reveals the outburst was bad enough that talking about it months later made Walter cry. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Arrested Development," 26 May 2018 One notable exception in the rush to defend and excuse Tambor’s outburst as normal was co-star Alia Shawkat, the only other woman in the room. chicagotribune.com, "What the ‘Arrested Development’ interview can teach us about dismissing coworkers," 25 May 2018 If the outburst is particularly disruptive, remove the child to a private spot; changing the venue often changes the behavior. Kathleen Dexter, M.s.w., miamiherald, "Here's how to diffuse your child's temper tantrums | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 An awkward teenager who had a fixation on guns and racist imagery, Cruz had a long history of emotional outbursts and threats of violence growing up with a widowed mother. Nicholas Nehamas And David Ovalle, miamiherald, "‘I can go shoot them.’ Another threat from Parkland school shooter went ignored.," 11 July 2018 Most people are self-aware enough to recognize the telltale signs of an emotional outburst — sweaty palms, racing heart, red face, lump in the throat, etc. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "The Single Easiest Way to Control Your Emotions at Work," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of outburst

1657, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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