Wednesday, July 12, 2000
Definitions for obtrude
- To thrust out; to push out.
- To force or impose (one's self, remarks, opinions, etc.) on others with undue insistence or without solicitation.
- To thrust upon a group or upon attention; to intrude.
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Citations for obtrude
Moreover, crime is something which the citizen is happy to forget when it does not obtrude itself into public consciousness.
For the next few months, Polidori continued to obtrude himself on Byron's attention in every possible way -- popping into every conversation, sulking when he was ignored, challenging Percy Bysshe Shelley to a duel, attacking an apothecary and getting arrested "accidentally" banging his employer on the knee with an oar and saying he wasn't sorry -- until finally Byron dismissed him.
Origin of obtrude
Obtrude is from Latin obtrudere, "to thrust upon, to force," from ob, "in front of, before" + trudere, "to push, to thrust."