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Postby Klimt » Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:51 pm

[uh b-trood]

1. to thrust (something) forward or upon a person, esp. without warrant or invitation: to obtrude one's opinions upon others.
2. to thrust forth; push out.

No--there is something else concerning which I should like to write to you, but am afraid to obtrude upon your notice.

Unwilling to obtrude himself on the princess, Rostov did not go back to the house but remained in the village awaiting her departure.

At length, the clock was hidden from his sight by some envious shutters, then the church steeples proclaimed eleven at night, then the quarter past, and then the conviction seemed to obtrude itself on his mind that it was no use tarrying there any longer.
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Postby Slava » Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:30 pm

An excellent suggestion, and I'd really like to learn the difference between obtrude and intrude. Can anyone fill me in here?
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obtrude/intrude

Postby Audiendus » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:46 pm

Slava wrote:I'd really like to learn the difference between obtrude and intrude.

Latin ob means "at", "against", "toward", or "in the way of". Latin in means "in" or "into".

So "obtrude" and "intrude" are very close in meaning, but "intrude" perhaps suggests a greater degree of penetration - thrusting into rather than at.
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Postby Slava » Wed Dec 01, 2010 5:49 pm

That helps, thank you.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:17 pm

Obtrude: never used in this part of the world.
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Postby misterdoe » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:58 pm

But we use adjective forms (obtrusive and unobtrusive) all the time.
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Postby LukeJavan8 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:11 pm

But NYC is far from the wild Plains. "Unobtrusive"
perhaps, but not obtrusive. At least I never hear it.
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Postby Slava » Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:16 pm

LukeJavan8 wrote:But NYC is far from the wild Plains. "Unobtrusive"
perhaps, but not obtrusive. At least I never hear it.
Agreed, unobtrusive is still in use. I believe obtrusive has been taken over by "in your face."
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