Definition of outburst noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtbɜːst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtbɜːrst//
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  1. 1a sudden strong expression of an emotion an outburst of anger She was alarmed by his violent outburst.
  2. 2a sudden increase in a particular activity or attitude an outburst of racism
  3. Extra examples Sorry for that little outburst earlier. an outburst of anger/​laughter/​temper/​violence her occasional outbursts of temper He was alarmed by her violent outburst. She was upset by his outburst of anger. This outburst of racism manifested itself most in the suburbs. an outburst of militancy/​nationalism/​patriotism/​racism
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: outburst