Definition of irrupt in English:


Line breaks: ir¦rupt
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrʌpt


[no object]
  • 1Enter somewhere forcibly or suddenly: absurdities continually irrupt into the narrative
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    • Derrida irrupted into Western philosophy from the repressed margin of the imperial West.
    • Neither the Great Depression nor the Second World War dampened the impetus with which Argentina irrupted into the twentieth century.
    • War irrupts convulsively into the history of civilizations as a loss of control, partially managed by competing political interests.
  • 1.1(Of a bird or other animal) migrate into an area in abnormally large numbers.
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    • After protests by many, the horticultural industry developed a sterile hybrid with the same luscious cadmium blossoms but no ability to irrupt.
    • But climate change, restoration, biotechnology, and irrupting species have forced ecologists to consider what was, in order to imagine what ought to be.
    • My neighbors in Tucson, for instance, planted South African sweet gum that irrupted into the Sonoran desert and covered cactus and other indigenous shrubs.



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  • This object, aligned with Evil, is a thing of desire for us, an outlet for the irruption of Evil.
  • He nailed me for calling it a migration as opposed to an irruption.
  • They undergo almost cyclical irruptions across portions of their winter range, which may be associated with conifer seed crops.


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  • Such a temporal event is something irruptive and unpredictable, both in its causes and effects.
  • The rest of their career - thirteen years! - played out in the shadow of its irruptive beginning.
  • Snowy Owls are migratory, nomadic, and irruptive.


mid 19th century: (earlier (mid 16th century) as irruption) from Latin irrupt- 'broken into', from the verb irrumpere, from in- 'into' + rumpere 'break'.

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