Make a Break for It: Rupt

You'll be bursting with pride after you master this list of words derived from the Latin root rupt, meaning "burst or break."

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  1. abrupt
    exceedingly sudden and unexpected
    She jerks to an abrupt halt in the parking lot and turns to face me.Love, Hate & Other Filters
  2. abruptness
    the quality of happening without warning
    The abruptness of the move took some European leaders by surprise.Reuters (Jul 1, 2015)
  3. bankrupt
    financially ruined
    “It’s sort of hard to imagine a bankrupt or even financially weak entity being able to do this efficiently and at the least cost possible to the residents of California,” he said.Reuters (Nov 30, 2018)
  4. corrupt
    not straight; dishonest or immoral or evasive
    But, if possible, the Army would do well to retroactively dishonorably discharge this corrupt and dishonorable man.New York Times (Dec 17, 2018)
  5. corruption
    use of a position of trust for dishonest gain
    He was discovered missing at 5:35 a.m. when the police raided his house in connection with a corruption investigation.Turtles All the Way Down
  6. disrupt
    make a break in
    The chaos disrupted my ability to focus, pulling me instead from reaction to observation.Salt to the Sea
  7. disruption
    an act of delaying or interrupting the continuity
    After getting fed up with the trains and their constant disruption, he took the final step to beat the commute - and bought a car.BBC (Nov 19, 2018)
  8. disruptive
    characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
    Other examples of disruptive behavior include talking too loud, playing loud music and viewing inappropriate content.Wall Street Journal (May 21, 2018)
  9. erupt
    intensify suddenly
    With the opening up of Myanmar, religious tensions bottled during military rule began to erupt.Reuters (Dec 13, 2018)
  10. eruption
    the sudden occurrence of a violent discharge
    Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 260 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire.”Washington Times (Dec 16, 2018)
  11. interrupt
    make a break in
    The sky was beginning to turn into a mix of orange, pink, and gray, with clouds interrupting in patches all over the horizon.The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
  12. interruption
    a time interval during which there is a temporary cessation of something
    It became something to look forward to, a pleasant interruption to the long hours of lab work, which held little interest for Claire.Son
  13. irrupt
    enter uninvited
    Now, the Vedic Aryans appear in history at just the period when they are on the move southwards into India; but they are no irrupting host.Hopkins, Edward Washburn
    ir- (in) + ruptus (break)
    Irrupt ("breaking in") and erupt ("breaking out") were originally distinct words but became synonymous over the years. Eventually, erupt emerged as the victor — that's why it's rare to see irrupt these days.
  14. rout
    an overwhelming defeat
    The Saints extended their winning streak to nine games with a 48-7 rout of the Eagles, handing them the most lopsided defeat for a Super Bowl champion.Seattle Times (Nov 20, 2018)
    Both a verb and a noun, rout took a long route into English: it comes from Middle French route via Vulgar Latin rupta, which derives from Classical Latin rumpere. Although originally applied to military losses, today the word is commonly used to describe sporting events where the winning team leaves the losing team utterly defeated.
  15. route
    an established line of travel or access
    Obinze secured the washing machines at the back, tightening the straps until they were snug, and then climbed in and studied the map to find the shortest routes to their delivery addresses.Americanah
    Route comes from Old French rute (“the course of a military march”) and Middle French route ("way, path, direction”). Both French words derive from Classical Latin rupta. In post-Classical Latin, rutta, which means "road or way," replaced rupta.
  16. rupture
    a personal or social separation
    The altercation threatened to descend into an acrimonious civil war, and I did my best to prevent a rupture.Long Walk to Freedom

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