- to come into or acquire (some consequence, usually undesirable or injurious): to incur a huge number of debts.
- to become liable or subject to through one's own action; bring or take upon oneself: to incur his displeasure.
Origin of incur
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2. arouse, incite, provoke.
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Examples from the Web for incurring
I shirked duty in pursuit of a good sleep, incurring her wrath this morning.Is Sleeping Apart Good for Your Relationship?
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Were you afraid of incurring the wrath of the critics when it was produced?The Haunted Stage: Conor McPherson on His Plays
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Incurring the wrath of the nihilists early, he feinted right.The Forgotten Russian: The Genius of Nikolai Leskov
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The CPA candidate was found to have filed her taxes late three times since 2003, incurring more than $4,500 in fines.A GOP Star Falters
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Then I proceeded to say: Well, but are you aware of the danger which you are incurring?Protagoras
For who will be selling me a boat and incurring the penalties in Governor Steed's proclamation?Captain Blood
He became lax in his attendance at the synagogue, incurring the reproach of the family.The Promised Land
I am agitated by the danger that your majesty is incurring here.The Queen's Necklace
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Albion's England is in no danger of incurring that sentence.A History of English Literature
- to make oneself subject to (something undesirable); bring upon oneself
- to run into or encounter
C16: from Latin incurrere to run into, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for incurring
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