Definition of incursion in US English:



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

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