One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Enter somewhere forcibly or suddenly.‘absurdities continually irrupt into the narrative’
go in, go into, come in, come into, get in, get into, set foot in, cross the threshold of, pass into, move into, gain access to, be admitted to, effect an entrance into, make an entrance into, break into, burst into, irrupt into, intrude into, invade, infiltrateView synonyms
- ‘Still addressing me with tearful insults and telling me that I was a coward, she irrupted in the living room with a large knife in her hands.’
- ‘War irrupts convulsively into the history of civilizations as a loss of control, partially managed by competing political interests.’
- ‘Neither the Great Depression nor the Second World War dampened the impetus with which Argentina irrupted into the twentieth century.’
- ‘Derrida irrupted into Western philosophy from the repressed margin of the imperial West.’
- ‘He had no right to irrupt back into my life after all this time.’
- 1.1 (of a bird or other animal) migrate into an area in abnormally large numbers.
- ‘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.’
- ‘And in winter, they sometimes irrupt, or move south of their more usual range in large numbers.’
- ‘My neighbors in Tucson, for instance, planted South African sweet gum that irrupted into the Sonoran desert and covered cactus and other indigenous shrubs.’
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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