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English noun: encroachment

1. encroachment (event) any entry into an area not previously occupied

SamplesAn invasion of tourists.
An invasion of locusts.

Synonymsintrusion, invasion

Broader (hypernym)entering, entrance

2. encroachment (act) entry to another's property without right or permission

Synonymsintrusion, trespass, usurpation, violation

Broader (hypernym)actus reus, misconduct, wrongdoing, wrongful conduct

Narrower (hyponym)inroad

3. encroachment (act) influencing strongly

SamplesThey resented the impingement of American values on European culture.

Synonymsimpact, impingement

Broader (hypernym)influence

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