ENCRO’ACHER. n.s.

encroacher-ns

ENCRO’ACHER. n.s. [from encroach.]
I. One who seizes the possession of another by gradual and silent
means.
The bold encroachers on the deep,
Gain by degrees huge tracts of land,
‘Till Neptune, with one gen’ral sweep,
Turns all again to barren strand.  Swift.
2. One who makes slow and gradual advances beyond his
rights.
Full dress creates dignity, augments consciousness, and
keeps at a distance an encroacher. Clarissa.

1 Response to “ENCRO’ACHER. n.s.”


  1. 1 Vance March 13, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    That’s “bold” encroachers on the deep, with a credit to Swift — apparently something called “The Run upon the Bankers”, quite apropos these days.


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