[uh b-troo-zhuh n]


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 formsob·tru·sion·ist, nounpre·ob·tru·sion, noun
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Examples from the Web for obtrusion

Historical Examples of obtrusion

  • Nothing is so odious as the obtrusion of technic in any work of art.

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


    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

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