from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who encroaches; one who lessens or limits anything, as a right or privilege, by narrowing its boundaries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who by gradual steps enters on, and takes possession of, what is not his own.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who encroaches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone who enters by force in order to conquer


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  • Catharine, on the other hand, considered him rather as an encroacher upon the grace which she had shown him than one whose delicacy rendered him deserving of such favour.

    The Fair Maid of Perth

  • Boman Irani plays the bully encroacher in his own characteristic style.

    Khosla ka Ghosla

  • He is, as you relate, every hour more and more an encroacher upon it.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • I can tell you, you are exactly right; for if you were to be an encroacher, as the good old man calls it, my brother would be the first to see it, and would gradually think less and less of you, till possibly he might come to despise you, and to repent of his choice: for the least shadow of an imposition, or low cunning, or mere selfishness, he cannot bear.


  • But it shewed her how reasonable and just my expectations were; and that I was no encroacher.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Love is an encroacher, says he: loves never goes backward.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • In short, my dear child, your reasons are so good, that I wonder they came not into my head before, and then I needed not to have troubled you about the matter: but yet it ran in my own thought, that I could not like to be an encroacher: — for I hate a dirty thing; and, in the midst of my distresses, never could be guilty of one.


  • I was forced to obey, and she flung from me, repeating base, and adding flattering, encroacher.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • You, my best child, will give me always your advice, as to my carriage in this my new lot; for I would not for the world be thought an encroacher.


  • Silly and partial encroacher! not to know to what to attribute the reserve I am forced to treat him with!

    Clarissa Harlowe


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