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[in-kur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ɪnˈkɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
a hostile entrance into or invasion of a place or territory, especially a sudden one; raid:
The bandits made brief incursions on the village.
a harmful inroad.
a running in:
the incursion of sea water.
Origin of incursion
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin incursiōn- (stem of incursiō) raid, equivalent to incurs(us) (past participle of incurrere to incur) + -iōn- -ion; see excursion
1. sortie, foray, attack. Unabridged
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  • The incursion did little to disrupt life in the slum.
  • Pakistanis say another incursion this week was repulsed, though both armies deny it.
  • Bad enough, but their supine incursion hopelessly cuts off access to the television.
  • They regard personal revelation not as an incursion of privacy but a marker of authenticity.
  • None see the need for major military incursion beyond their own boarders.
  • At different points paddocks make an incursion into the forest, a history of gold-mining and sheep farming in the region.
  • No, in the marshes they've had no problems with incursion activity.
  • It would likely be seen as the first incursion of a genocidal crusade.
  • Suppose their was a runway incursion on during landing in inclement weather.
  • The major networks are fighting to protect against an incursion into the market of their local affiliates.
British Dictionary definitions for incursion


a sudden invasion, attack, or raid
the act of running or leaking into; penetration
Derived Forms
incursive (ɪnˈkɜːsɪv) adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin incursiō onset, attack, from incurrere to run into; see incur
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Word Origin and History for incursion

"hostile attack," early 15c., from Middle French incursion (14c.) or directly from Latin incursionem (nominative incursio) "a running against," noun of action from past participle stem of incurrere (see incur).

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