- a damaging or serious encroachment: inroads on our savings.
- a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.
Origin of inroad
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Examples from the Web for inroad
At all events, an inroad of careless courage was the consequence.Wilfrid Cumbermede
This change and desecration, this inroad of modernness, merely completes its eternity.The Spirit of Rome
They have to repudiate the inroad, and stand by the inroader.Following the Equator, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Globe has not yet recovered from Downey's inroad, and they won't touch it.1601
So far as it goes, the privilege of importation is an inroad on the rights given to the copyright proprietor.
- an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
- an encroachment or intrusion
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Word Origin and History for inroad
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