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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ROUT

The sally failed, and the men of Mansoul were turned to rout.

Artillery, baggage, all was lost; and the rout was complete.

After that Henriette and Sandoz, who were in consternation, witnessed the rout of their menu.

I don't know whether you are seeking to complete the rout of my senses.

A person of breeding choosing the cause of the rout and rabble!

And suddenly the clock had struck, the rout was over and there was nothing left.

The gyrocopter that could carry them aloft, out of the rout, was fifty feet away.

You wouldn't mind lending a hand, too, Mr. Rout, now you are here.

Mr. Rout, listening with bowed neck, opened his eyes wide at this.

We have repulsed the rebel attacks every time; and the last repulse was a rout.

WORD ORIGIN

1590s, "disorderly retreat following a defeat," from Middle French route "disorderly flight of troops," literally "a breaking off, rupture," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," literally "a broken group," from noun use of Latin rupta, fem. past participle of rumpere "to break" (see rupture (n.)).

The archaic English noun rout "group of persons, assemblage," is the same word, from Anglo-French rute, Old French route "host, troop, crowd," from Vulgar Latin rupta "a dispersed group," here with sense of "a division, a detachment." It first came to English meaning "group of soldiers" (early 13c.), also "gang of outlaws or rioters, mob" (c.1300) before the more general sense developed 14c. Also as a legal term. Cf. rout-cake (1807), one baked for use at a reception.

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