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encroach
used in Middlemarch

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to gradually take another's rights or property
  • Even our own persons in the glass are apt to change their aspect for us after we have heard some frank remark on their less admirable points; and on the other hand it is astonishing how pleasantly conscience takes our encroachments on those who never complain or have nobody to complain for them.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (67% in)

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