Definition of intrusion in US English:



  • 1The action of intruding.

    ‘he was furious about this intrusion into his private life’
    ‘unacceptable intrusions of privacy’
    • ‘Liberals became increasingly confident as polls showed the public overwhelmingly concerned about federal intrusion into a private family matter.’
    • ‘But government intrusion into private corporate matters will be strongly resisted.’
    • ‘I ask if tabloid intrusion into the personal lives of the famous has turned the judiciary against the press, which could make it easier for Establishment figures to hush up real scandals such as corruption.’
    • ‘We are upset that our objections about this intrusion into the area have been ignored.’
    • ‘Was he out there campaigning against the KGB for its intrusion into the privacy of the life of the average Soviet person?’
    • ‘But each uptick in protection will typically come at the cost of more intrusion into the privacy of ordinary people.’
    • ‘More and more people realise the potential huge cost of the register and the great risk it poses of unnecessary manipulation of us all and intrusion into our lives by politicians and corrupt individuals.’
    • ‘Republicans who disagree with the federal intrusion into education, who have said they're waiting to complain until after the election, will likely speak up.’
    • ‘The ALA has made information available to librarians who opposed government intrusion into the privacy of library patrons.’
    • ‘The Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, in a tougher than expected report on media intrusion into individuals' private lives, said action had to be taken.’
    • ‘We in the UK hold certain freedoms sacred - freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of religious belief, freedom from intrusion into our private lives.’
    • ‘He also hit out at what he called the excessive levels of intrusion into his private life that sections of the media had engaged in during the controversy.’
    • ‘The intrusion into personal privacy is compounded by the failure to limit access to the data held and its further use for purposes other than confirming a person's identity, he said.’
    • ‘In her book, Cheryl is a vociferous critic of her treatment by journalists, accusing us of relentless intrusion into her privacy.’
    • ‘The issue split Republicans, many of whom saw it as government intrusion into an intensely private matter.’
    • ‘No other Labour minister could have got away with challenging arranged marriages without being accused of unwarranted intrusion into the customs of Asian communities.’
    • ‘Where the law is restricting rights or expanding government intrusion into individual lives, the consequences will be the opposite.’
    • ‘As he sees it, the aggression of tabloid journalism discourages potential candidates, who are fearful of the requisite intrusion into their private lives.’
    • ‘Would you be horrified at the intrusion into your privacy?’
    • ‘I never really knew a lot about her, only what the media dished out, and to tell you the truth I got tired of the relentless hounding and intrusion into her private life!’
    encroachment on, trespass on, obtrusion into
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    1. 1.1 A thing that intrudes.
      ‘they oppose the excavations as an intrusion on their heritage’
      • ‘As if such intrusions can be dismissed as the doings of a cranky, ill-mannered boys, who don't really mean any permanent harm to the women they target.’
      • ‘In Rome the clutter of history elbowing the jowls of the modern seems overwhelming, in Venice - despite obvious historical layers and tourist-trap intrusions - it all seems made of one piece.’
      • ‘This is an intriguing document of the origins of one of the most influential intrusions on the British jazz scene since the Original Dixieland Jazz Band showed up in London in the 1920s.’
      • ‘Our cities are awash in cars, so much so that we take their intrusions for granted - noise, dirt, smell and cost.’
      • ‘You tell me which is the bigger intrusion into the average American's liberty?’
      • ‘Traffic generates noise and pollution, and is an intrusion for many areas.’
      • ‘I feared the camp could not function with so many intrusions.’
      • ‘Very attractive blue - green colour with variegated yellow intrusions, it is capable of taking a high polish showing to advantage the variety of grain and colour tones.’
      • ‘Or maybe you worry it's just a step too far, an unwarranted, unworkable intrusion into your privacy.’
      • ‘Two ideas are rejected: An article on wind chimes is out because they are sources of noise pollution and intrusions on personal space, and one on airline food - yuck!’
      • ‘Since this is invisible - since we don't have to actually hold the phone up so our software can speak - we mostly ignore these intrusions.’
      • ‘The Ministry of Defence have never seen fit to demolish any of these intrusions, preferring to let them stand as mute reminder of the days when war intruded on one of the most sublime places on earth.’
      • ‘Yet some prominent thinkers argue that patents and copyrights are unnecessary government intrusions in the market.’
      • ‘In his painting of Kaaterskill Falls, for example, Cole obliterated with his brush the ugly intrusions of the already encroaching tourism.’
      • ‘In a column written for the Daily Nebraskan in September, Derek attacked seat belt laws as intrusions on individual liberties and expensive to enforce.’
      • ‘It was felt that vehicles parked on the land would present an ‘urban and unsightly intrusion into an attractive riverside location’.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is just a change that parents go through, a time when the inward, nurturing view of the family is reshaped by the need to face the inevitable intrusions of the outside world.’
  • 2Geology
    The action or process of forcing a body of igneous rock between or through existing formations, without reaching the surface.

    • ‘Baked contacts with host rocks indicate that metamorphism associated with intrusion predates shearing.’
    • ‘In both areas, the silicic magmatism is thought to have been a result of intrusion of mantle-derived mafic magmas into extending crust.’
    • ‘Overthrusting, volcanism, and plutonic igneous intrusion were identified as originating above the subduction zone where one plate is forced beneath the edge of its neighbour.’
    • ‘The associated magmatism resulted in intrusion of volcanic rocks into the sedimentary basins, magmatic underplating at the base of the crust, and large amounts of extrusive material.’
    • ‘Lower amphibolite-grade regional metamorphism predating intrusion of the Ballachulish Igneous Complex may have resulted in some monazite growth.’
    1. 2.1 A body of igneous rock which has intruded the surrounding strata.
      • ‘Volcanic rocks of enormous thickness and deep-seated igneous intrusions from this period have created much of the geology of the Peruvian Andes.’
      • ‘In addition, volcanic rocks and intrusions of this age are distributed widely around the western and southern perimeter of the basin.’
      • ‘Continental break-up produced voluminous extrusive volcanic deposits and associated igneous intrusions, and had a major impact on long-term climatic conditions in the early Tertiary.’
      • ‘However, seismic interpretation within the saddle is rendered difficult by the presence of numerous magmatic intrusions in the Cretaceous section.’
      • ‘It comprises several mafic, mafic-felsic and felsic intrusions with distinctive geochemical affinities and apparent radiometric ages.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘invasion, usurpation’): from medieval Latin intrusio(n-), from Latin intrudere ‘thrust in’ (see intrude).