3. [syn: outbreak, eruption, irruption]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Irruption \Ir*rup"tion\, n. [L. irruptio: cf. F. irruption. See
1. A bursting in; a sudden, violent rushing into a place; as,
irruptions of the sea.
Lest evil tidings, with too rude irruption
Hitting thy aged ear, should pierce too deep.
2. A sudden and violent inroad, or entrance of invaders; as,
the irruptions of the Goths into Italy. --Addison.
Syn: Invasion; incursion; inroad. See Invasion.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a sudden violent entrance; a bursting in; "the recent
irruption of bad manners"
2: a sudden sharp increase in the relative numbers of a
3: a sudden violent spontaneous occurrence (usually of some
undesirable condition); "the outbreak of hostilities" [syn:
outbreak, eruption, irruption]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "irruption":
air attack, air raid, air strike, blaze, boarding, burst,
convulsion, cyclone, encroachment, entrance, entrenchment,
eruption, escalade, explosion, fire raid, fit, flare-up, foray,
gale, gust, hurricane, impingement, imposition, incursion,
infiltration, influx, infringement, injection, inroad, insinuation,
interference, interjection, interloping, interposition,
interposure, interruption, intervention, intrusion, invasion,
obtrusion, outbreak, outburst, paroxysm, raid, razzia,
saturation raid, scaling, seizure, shuttle raid, spasm, storm,
tempest, tornado, trespass, trespassing, unlawful entry, upheaval,