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After awhile, the others dragged mattresses and blankets into the room and made a nest around me, and we packed together for warmth against the encroaching chill.
Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  to gradually intrude on another’s rights or property
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Synonym Comparison:  As compared to synonyms like "intrude" or "invade", "encroach" has a flavor of a slow or subtle advance.
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  • After awhile, the others dragged mattresses and blankets into the room and made a nest around me, and we packed together for warmth against the encroaching chill.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • But over the summer his encroaching dementia had taken a cruel twist.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Tall poplars had gone a buttery yellow while the shrubby sumac encroaching on the road was tinged a violent red.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • I am certainly concerned that I might be rubbing Sunny the wrong way, encroaching too far and too fast into the wide territory she has set between us, which I have never thought ill of her for and have even looked upon with a certain measure of relief and gratitude; she has always been able to exercise her resolve, a trait that was difficult to handle when she was young but one I am beginning to appreciate more with each passing day.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life

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  • Villages spill onto streets, the jungle encroaches on village.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • There are a host of conditions encroaching on me.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • The long rows of onions looked endless, their sharp green shoots already half hidden by encroaching weeds.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • At first, they stayed only a few hours, but soon they became like la calabaza, the squash plant in Alfonso’s garden, whose giant leaves spread out, encroaching upon anything smaller.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • He sees Frederick staring into his book of birds; he sees the furor of the mines at Zollverein, the shunting cars, the banging locks, the trundling conveyors, smokestacks silting the sky day and night; he sees Jutta slashing back and forth with a lit torch as darkness encroaches from all sides.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • She threw the magazine down and got off at the next stop, so disturbed by this obscene encroachment on her memory that she aimlessly paced the sunlit walks around the museum and the botanic gardens for several hours before showing up at the office, where Dr. Blackstock commented on her haggard look: "Some ghost you’ve seen?"
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • The grass ceased abruptly a few feet from the trees, smothered by the encroaching heather.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • "So if she does those things, she’s encroaching.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • Atlanta encroaches, and seems to swallow the little town.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The sea of white orchids could still be glimpsed from this side of the mountain, glowing like an encroaching desert in the sun.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • It was true, the trees did encroach on our little clearing.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Do not be afraid of my running into any excess, of my encroaching on your privilege of universal good-will.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the fires, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance remained.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Long shadows encroached everywhere, and the usually soaring vaulted ceilings appeared as a low, black void.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Without encroaching on forbidden ground, we may venture to say that there can be no doubt between ourselves of that fact.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He strained to see Clary and Jace through the encroaching darkness.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Nature had come into her own again and, little by little, in her stealthy, insidious way had encroached upon the drive with long, tenacious fingers.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • As far as the troll was concerned, his territory was being encroached on.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • He was afraid of encroaching on her right to decide for herself.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Any space around her was her personal space; just by existing, you were encroaching.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • The Morrigan raised her head to look at the encroaching darkness, her black eyes reflecting the tiny spots of stars.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • My uncle has been too good for me to encroach.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • As he scanned the piazza and waited, Langdon realized that despite the encroachment of modern buildings, the piazza still looked remarkably elliptical.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • In places, it was possible to see the modem world encroaching: a large refrigerator and dishwasher near the sink; a microwave propped kitty-corner near a half-empty bottle of red wine.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • It is a picturesque expanse, framed in lofty crags in large strata, encrusted with white salt—a superb sheet of water, which was formerly of larger extent than now, its shores having encroached with the lapse of time, and thus at once reduced its breadth and increased its depth.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • M. Madeleine, who was not in the habit of laughing much oftener than Javert himself, burst out laughing now:— "As a mayor who had encroached on the province of the police?"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • And I noticed the wide berth everyone gave him, the bubble of space that no one dared to encroach on.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • She was to have been the answer to his unstated, unacknowledged question—where was the life to counter the encroaching nonlife?
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • It warmed Meggie’s heart just to see it, but all too often it disappeared behind the tall, ugly buildings covering the narrow strip of land that lay between the water and the encroaching hills.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • The Town encroached still more extensively upon the fields than the University.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Our attics and living rooms encroach on each other, deep into their invisible places.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Observations at the necessary distance cannot be detailed, but such as have been made indicate consistently that living forms are in the process, although in the most profane shapes, of encroaching upon this fearsome desolation.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • But this usurper his encroachment proud Stays not on Man; to God his tower intends Siege and defiance: Wretched man!
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Her mind, freed of any linear order by encroaching sleep, floated past the first year at Stovington, past the steadily worsening times that had reached low ebb when her husband had broken Danny’s arm, to that morning in the breakfast nook.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • An uncertain movement began among them, in which some encroachment was made.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • The second wave, as it tore toward the beach with me, spewed me a little ahead of it, encroaching rapidly; suddenly it was immeasurably bigger than I was, it rushed me from the control of gravity and took control of me itself; the wave threw me down in a primitive plunge without a bottom, then there was a bottom, grinding sand, and I skidded onto the shore.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • The road had been made in a long lost time: and for perhaps thirty miles below the Morannon it had been newly repaired, but as it went south the wild encroached upon it.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • It is where you go when the land gives out and the old-field pines encroach.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • They looked about, and now the thing was sinking, and Minnie heard the low sip of the encroaching water.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The Mexicans who came to live in the San Gabriel Valley worked the fields, the railroads or in the encroaching industry which soon dotted the valley.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • They had encroached upon a privacy.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • He was a senior too, a nice guy, but as soon as we’d started dating he wanted everyone to know it, and slowly began to encroach on my domain.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Then came the hard times that brought every one on the Divide to the brink of despair; three years of drouth and failure, the last struggle of a wild soil against the encroaching plowshare.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • Trees and brush encroached on it, but it wasn’t badly rutted, no doubt because few vehicles used it.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • But in October 2003, making his last visit of the year to the Northern Areas before leaving to launch his new CAI initiative in Afghanistan, Mortenson felt perfectly content, despite the low cloud cover and encroaching chill.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores.
    William Faulkner  --  A Rose for Emily
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