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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A violent and peremptory procedure without any assigned reason; a sudden conclusive happening.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any sudden or unexpected event or turn; a dilemma.


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