AskDefine | Define irrupt

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1 enter uninvited; "They intruded on our dinner party"; "She irrupted into our sitting room" [syn: intrude]
2 erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism" [syn: erupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst out]
3 increase rapidly and in an uncontrolled manner; "The population of India is exploding"; "The island's rodent population irrupted" [syn: explode]

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From Latin irrumpere


  1. To break into.
  2. To enter forcibly or uninvited.
  3. To rapidly increase or intensify.
  4. Misspelling of erupt.

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