outburst

When you can't help an angry shout or a burst of emotion, that's an outburst. A toddler's outburst might take the form of a full-blown temper tantrum.

An outburst of passion or emotion can be angry words, a broken glass, or a triumphant whoop. There are also figurative outbursts, like the outburst of political enthusiasm within a particular group of voters, or an outburst of energy in the midst of a modern dance performance. The Middle English verb that proceeded outburst was outbresten.

Definitions of outburst
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n an unrestrained expression of emotion

Synonyms:
blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush
Types:
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acting out
a (usually irritating) impulsive and uncontrollable outburst by a problem child or a neurotic adult
cry
a fit of weeping
explosion
a sudden outburst
flare
a sudden outburst of emotion
Type of:
expression, manifestation, reflection, reflexion
expression without words

n a sudden intense happening

“an outburst of heavy rain”
Synonyms:
burst, flare-up
Types:
salvo
an outburst resembling the discharge of firearms or the release of bombs
rush
a sudden burst of activity
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n a sudden violent disturbance

Synonyms:
tumultuous disturbance
Type of:
disturbance
the act of disturbing something or someone; setting something in motion

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