Definition of incursion in English:



  • An invasion or attack, especially a sudden or brief one.

    ‘incursions into enemy territory’
    ‘border incursions’
    figurative ‘their successful incursion into the electronic-media market’
    • ‘The county remained royalist territory but suffered from raids and incursions.’
    • ‘The tanks patrol a road used by the army for incursions into the camp and the activists wanted to set up a protest tent on the road to block them.’
    • ‘Far from being a pushover, the Company, angered by repeated border incursions, struck back vigorously by declaring war.’
    • ‘He says there have been sporadic firefights and some tank incursions all morning.’
    • ‘In case there is an incursion into our territories, we have to repel such attacks.’
    • ‘This enables NGOs to liaise with the army during incursions and curfews to ensure the safe passage of staff and patients.’
    • ‘The incursion was the second to take place in the city in a week.’
    • ‘Use this form to report any illegal incursions, damage to trails, or sections which have been closed by the landowners.’
    • ‘There will be nothing to stop its military incursions against its powerless neighbour whenever it sees fit to do so.’
    • ‘Talk of invasions and incursions are rife at the moment and in Westport there is a similar discussion taking place.’
    • ‘The battalion has had an active tour and in February reacted to an incursion by an armed group from West Timor.’
    • ‘What is new is that this war has no end in sight, and only a vaguely defined enemy, so its incursions are likely to be permanent.’
    • ‘No doubt there are endless combinations of bombing campaigns and military incursions on the Pentagon's drawing board.’
    • ‘Foreign peace activists have set up protest camps to try to block military incursions.’
    • ‘As such, despite our physical isolation, we are at constant risk from incursions by exotic pests and diseases.’
    • ‘When it became apparent that India was not going to attack, the cross-border incursions quickly rose again.’
    • ‘His research focuses on why U.S. citizens do or do not support military incursions into foreign states.’
    • ‘For their militant incursion, the police were received with hurled stones and were chased down the streets.’
    • ‘It said no soldiers were injured in the incursion and the troops withdrew at the end of the operation.’
    • ‘Or the counter-argument that the bugs are simply responding to human incursions into their territory.’
    attack on, assault on, raid on, invasion of, storming of, overrunning of, foray into, blitz on, sortie into, sally against, sally into, advance into, advance on, push into, thrust into, descent on
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Late Middle English (formerly also as encursion): from Latin incursio(n-), from the verb incurrere (see incur).