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1. Irrupting or tending to irrupt.
2. Geology Intrusive.

ir·rup′tive·ly adv.


1. irrupting or tending to irrupt
2. of, involving, or causing irruption
3. (Geological Science) obsolete (of igneous rocks) intrusive
irˈruptively adv
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Adj.1.irruptive - of igneous rock that has solidified beneath the earth's surface; granite or diorite or gabbro
intrusive - of rock material; forced while molten into cracks between layers of other rock
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Relishing the material specificities of individual artworks, Fisher always contextualized the aesthetic autonomy that gives art a life of its own by drawing connections across philosophy, literature, and culture, thus anchoring art's irruptive potential in struggles for social justice.
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Theology is also an open-ended enterprise that continually begins again in an effort to render faithfully the irruptive force of God's word into an ever-changing, ever-evolving human history.
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