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[uh b-troo-zhuh n] /əbˈtru ʒən/
the act of obtruding.
something obtruded.
Origin of obtrusion
1570-80; < Late Latin obtrūsiōn- (stem of obtrūsiō), equivalent to Latin obtrūs(us) (obtrūd(ere) to obtrude + tus past participle suffix, with dt > s) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
obtrusionist, noun
preobtrusion, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Nothing is so odious as the obtrusion of technic in any work of art.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing

    James Francis Cooke
  • For it was this obtrusion of a personality that vaguely troubled him.

    Cressy Bret Harte
  • There is no obtrusion of the police or the military, as in Paris or Vienna.

    From Egypt to Japan Henry M. Field
  • But the merits of a class are not best seen by the obtrusion of its more eminent members, but by the average.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • The young man was plainly astonished, disconcerted as well by the obtrusion of a sordid detail into the tragedy of the time.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • All throughout He has been speaking with authority, but has, as usual, avoided the obtrusion of His personal prerogative.

  • The obtrusion of the French language during the reign of Napoleon had no effect.

  • You may take ham to appease hunger, or you may take it to prevent the obtrusion of that vulgar sensation.

    For Fortune and Glory Lewis Hough
  • Mr. Herrington objected to the obtrusion of such trifling matter upon the House, which had business to do.

  • I have no right to mar the great end of a great history, by any obtrusion of my own weak self.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
Word Origin and History for obtrusion

1570s, from Latin obtrusionem (nominative obtrusio), noun of action from past participle stem of obtrudere (see obtrude).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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