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Sunday, November 30, 2008

incursion

\in-KUR-zhuhn; -shuhn\ , noun;
1.
a sudden attack; invasion, raid
2.
a running or flowing in
Quotes:
Jerina's bulwarks failed to protect Bosnia from the last great incursion against Europe from the East, the invasions of Ottoman Turk armies into the southeastern corner of the continent beginning in the fourteenth century.
-- Chuck Sudetic, Blood and Vengeance
Yet that brutal incursion proved a fatal miscalculation on Brezhnev's part and the final turning point in the cold war.
-- Douglas Brinkley, The Unfinished Presidency
Origin:
by 1432 "hostile attack," from Latin incursionem "a running against," from incurrere
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