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  • n. Plural form of irruption.


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  • These are known as irruptions, and are not, as is often suggested, the sign of a cold winter farther north.

    Birdwatch: Waxwing

  • It’s difficult to see how one could seriously view reality as these three characters do — I thought maybe these alternate realities were irruptions from the subconscious savageries of the characters, but the text may not support that interpretation.

    Insert Cliche Quip Here, Baby

  • A certain number of the iconic owls fly south from their Arctic breeding grounds each winter but rarely do so many venture so far away even amid large-scale, periodic southern migrations known as irruptions. Top headlines

  • Crises pose a special challenge to users of Nukespeak, since the extreme pressures of the moment tend to produce irruptions of unsettling new metaphors.

    Rory O'Connor: No Word for Meltdown: Nukespeak Returns

  • One of his purposes in "Heaven on Earth" is to insist that other civilizations than our own are no less affected by the irruptions of the apocalyptic.

    Apocalypse Now And Then

  • These irruptions serve to heighten the sense of Laing's absorption, and the scale of her thought, but run the risk of her sounding a little rarefied: a shame since her reading of Woolf's diaries, letters and unpublished work here goes some way to debunking similar, routine assumptions about that writer.

    To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface by Olivia Laing – review

  • Looking back, I see that there could hardly be a more appropriate introduction to first meeting a writer who revels in bizarre irruptions of the unexpected into the even flow of time, unlikely juxtapositions of reality and strange collisions of character and personality.

    Don DeLillo: 'I'm not trying to manipulate reality – this is what I see and hear'

  • Subject to irruptions of vastly more powerful beings, the evidence of the hidden order behind the mundane, the Conspiracy, the Old Ones, the Collective Unconscious personified ... or perhaps only phantasms, hallucinations, paranoid figments.

    MIND MELD: What's Your Favorite Sub-Genre of Science Fiction and/or Fantasy?

  • Authors and teachers began to describe irruptions without reference to any specific case.

    See Us in the Funny Pages

  • During irruptions, there can be more than 22 million budworm larvae per hectare in suitable forest stands [18].

    Climate change and insects as a forest disturbance in the Arctic


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