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intr.v. ir·rupt·ed, ir·rupt·ing, ir·rupts
1. To break or burst in: The boys irrupted into the kitchen.
2. Ecology To increase rapidly in number, especially beyond the normal range: snowy owls that irrupted southward.

[Latin irrumpere, irrupt- : in-, in; see in-2 + rumpere, to break; see reup- in Indo-European roots.]

ir·rup′tion n.
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Against these defiant gestures, a secularist type of indignation against them irrupted vehemently in the public sphere invoking the secular character of the State as a necessary safeguard against actions such as this, judged to be not only politically dangerous, but also illegal and unconstitutional.
President Benigno Aquino III's appointment of Sereno, a junior justice, to the position of first among equals in the Court after the conviction of Chief Justice Renato Corona violated this ethic and, like an injury that never healed, has now irrupted into a festering wound.
While the past year has irrupted a number of conflicting opinions regarding the fashion industry, a certain French brand decided to go against the general tide and end the year in Egypt.
Our results are more similar to a population that expanded (irrupted) nearly simultaneously in New Hampshire where ovulation rates of yearlings (n = 187) and adults (n > 500) were 63 and >90%, respectively, during the first 10 years of harvest (Adams and Pekins 1995, Bergeron et al.
In the end the only events in my life worth telling are those when the imperishable world irrupted into this transitory one...amongst which I include my dreams and visions.
The heavy landslides irrupted in result of torrential rains damaged infrastructure including houses, trees and link roads in most of Union Councils of Murree and Kotli Sattian Tehsils.
The heavy landslides irrupted in result of torrential rains vanished everything including houses, trees, infrastructure and link roads in most of Union Councils of Murree and Kotli Sattian Tehsils.
After his martyrdom, intense confrontations between young Palestinians and the IOF irrupted once again in Silwan.
Two recurring features of responses to the uprisings that have irrupted around the world since the Arab Spring have been a tendency to read their organizational practices from the supposedly prevailing ideologies among participants and to define them in negative terms--as leaderless, unorganized, etc.
The intensity of the wound has irrupted into that realm and made it imperative for me to find another plane beyond representation in which maybe I will discover a meaning for my "self" and my desire.
Broadly speaking, it is a discourse that irrupted from the underside of modernity, (2) located in the experiences of suffering and the historic struggle of the racially subjugated.