obtrude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v obtrude thrust oneself in as if by force "The colors don't intrude on the viewer"
    • v obtrude push to thrust outward
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obtrude To offer with unreasonable importunity; to urge unduly or against the will.
    • Obtrude To thrust impertinently; to present to a person without warrant or solicitation; as, to obtrude one's self upon a company; to obtrude one's opinion on another. "The objects of our senses obtrude their particular ideas upon our minds, whether we will or no."
    • v. i Obtrude To thrust one's self upon a company or upon attention; to intrude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obtrude To thrust prominently forward; especially, to thrust forward with undue prominence or importunity, or without solicitation; force forward or upon any one: often reflexive: as, to obtrude one's self or one's opinions upon a person's notice.
    • obtrude Synonyms Intrude, Obtrude. See intrude.
    • obtrude To be thrust or to thrust one's self prominently into notice, especially in an unwelcome manner; intrude.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Obtrude ob-trōōd′ to thrust in upon when not wanted: to urge upon against the will of
    • v.i Obtrude to thrust one's self or be thrust upon
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Quotations

  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “I can't do with mountains at close quarters -- they are always in the way, and they are so stupid, never moving and never doing anything but obtrude themselves.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obtrudere, obtrusum,; ob,see Ob-) + trudere, to thrust. See Threat

Usage

In literature:

What right to obtrude her honest sympathy upon his secret pain?
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
What right had she, his erring wife, to obtrude herself upon his feelings at such a time?
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
Is there any place desirable for living purposes in which the railway does not obtrude?
"Riviera Towns" by Herbert Adams Gibbons
Even this kind of thought must not obtrude too much, lest we become conscious of our mental processes and so end in confusion.
"The Untroubled Mind" by Herbert J. Hall
She didn't obtrude it in any way.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth
I no longer saw my living people; but in their stead the members of the travelling company obtruded themselves upon me.
"The Making Of A Novelist" by David Christie Murray
Then, the line of vision is obtruded upon by the stately main building of Howard University, of her structures the noblest.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
Drinking rarely obtrudes itself.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
Into the picture no third figure ever obtruded.
"From Place to Place" by Irvin S. Cobb
One rash mortal, on the second Sunday after our arrival, obtruded himself upon us in a gig.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866" by Various
When in the act of drawing back her hand, the head of the Shawanoe vanished as noiselessly as it had obtruded on the scene.
"The Phantom of the River" by Edward S. Ellis
Most certainly we ought not to obtrude our personality upon the thought of the worshippers.
"To My Younger Brethren" by Handley C. G. Moule
He might be vain enough, but his egotism was never obtruded upon others.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
This species does not obtrude itself on the observer.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
Then thoughts of the future obtruded themselves.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The accomplished academician, the able balancer of the different schools of philosophy and morals, and the studied Rhetor is obtruded upon us.
"A Sketch of the Life of the late Henry Cooper Barrister-at-Law, of the Norfolk Circuit; as also, of his Father" by William Cooper
But unexpectedly a fresh obstacle to success obtruded itself.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
After a while, details obtruded themselves.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Upon this holy scene where troubled son and anxious mother meet we will not obtrude, and so step lightly out of the room.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
This was, she recognised, an almost repugnant thing, a feeling to be judiciously checked, but it would obtrude itself.
"Hawtrey's Deputy" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

And now, led on by sad despair,
Does a frightful form obtrude;
Vindictive Spleen assumes the air
Of noble, manly Fortitude.
"The Culprit" by Nathaniel Bloomfield
"Yes:—while I drop the sacred bead,
His form obtrudes upon my view,
And love's warm tears my rosary wet,
Love claims the sigh devotion's due.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
No more the Muse obtrudes her thin disguise,
No more with awkward fallacy complains
How every fervour from my bosom flies,
And Reason in her lonesome palace reigns.
"Elegy XII. His Recantation" by William Shenstone
Your labours give the coarsest food
A relish sweet and cleanse the blood,
Make cheerful health in spring-tide flood
Incessant boil,
And seldom restless thoughts obtrude
On daily toil.
"Epistle To The Labouring Poor" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
The poet, in his garden, holds his pen
Like a dart between two fingers and a thumb;
The target is unfortunately blurred;
He does not see as clearly as when young,
Or, rather, doubt and nervousness obtrude:
He dare not risk the unreflecting fling.
"Formal Problem" by Vernon Scannell