One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of accroach; usurpation.
Late Middle English. Probably partly from Anglo-Norman acrochement, accrochement usurpation, encroachment and partly from accroach + -ment. Compare post-classical Latin accrochiamentum, Middle French, French accrochement delay of a case, illicit gain (both 1480), act of accroaching.
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