verb (used without object)
to advance beyond proper, established, or usual limits; make gradual inroads:
A dictatorship of the majority is encroaching on the rights of the individual.
to trespass upon the property, domain, or rights of another, especially stealthily or by gradual advances.
often foll by on or upon. to intrude gradually, stealthily, or insidiously upon the rights, property, etc, of another
to advance beyond the usual or proper limits
early 14c., “acquire, get,” from Old French encrochier “seize, fasten on, hang on (to), cling (to); hang up, suspend,” literally “to catch with a hook,” from en- “in” (see en- (1)) + croc “hook,” from Old Norse krokr “hook” (see crook). Meaning “seize wrongfully” is from c.1400. Sense of “trespass” is first recorded 1530s. Related: Encroached; encroaches; encroaching.
[en-krohch-muh nt] /ɛnˈkroʊtʃ mənt/ noun 1. an act or instance of . 2. anything taken by . n. 1520s, from encroach + -ment. In Anglo-French from mid-15c.
- En croute
[ahn kroot] /ɑ̃ ˈkrut/ adjective, adverb, French Cookery. 1. in a pastry crust: beef en croûte.
[en-kruh-stey-shuh n] /ˌɛn krʌˈsteɪ ʃən/ noun 1. .
[en-kruhst] /ɛnˈkrʌst/ verb (used with or without object) 1. . /ɪnˈkrʌst/ verb 1. (transitive) to cover or overlay with or as with a crust or hard coating 2. to form or cause to form a crust or hard coating 3. (transitive) to decorate lavishly, as with jewels v. 1640s, from French incruster, from Latin incrustare […]