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outbreak

out·break

outbreak

 
 
pronunciation:
aUt breIk
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden breaking out; eruption.
an outbreak of violent protest
synonyms:
burst, eruption, outburst
similar words:
attack, blowup, explosion, flare-up, flurry, gust, outpouring, rash, riot, rupture, upheaval
definition 2: a sudden appearance or increase in activity or strength, esp. of disease.
synonyms:
flare-up
similar words:
attack, bout, contagion, emergence, epidemic, explosion, invasion, manifestation, rise
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