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- n. An undesirable epiphany; a realization of an unwanted fact.
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Sceptics of the seriousness of the threat of proliferation have received a rude awakening in recent months.
Anyway, that very night, at "the hands of parties unknown," the Rev. Thomas Sease experienced that long, last sleep from which no rude awakening ever comes.