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Examples of interloper in a Sentence
I had hoped to help my neighbors, but they regarded me as an interloper.
summer residents were regarded as interlopers who had no deep commitment to the town's welfare
Recent Examples of interloper from the Web
The traditional advocacy groups, which have been the dominant representatives of veterans since World War II, view Concerned Veterans for America as an interloper driven by the views of its wealthy backers, not average veterans.
Today, hate speech against Rohingya, or Bengalis as they are called by nationalists trying to characterize them as interlopers from Bangladesh, is pervasive online.
From the Magazine Painted as an interloper in the wake of Prince Charles and Diana’s divorce, Camilla Parker Bowles underwent an image overhaul before her 2005 wedding.
Primary interlopers can come in all shapes, sizes, colors and ideological preoccupations.
For now, the robot interloper recorded only video, but its creators envision adding other sensors, such as thermometers.
Now, a new study hints that this exotic interloper most likely began its voyage after being cast out of a double-star system.
No need to change the Federation's regulatory framework or put some checks and balances in there so Admiral Bloodlust can't freakin' burn an entire planet down after secretly installing a non-Federation interloper as captain.
But there is another interloper in the ACC mix as well, surprising Boston College, where former Ohio University/Kent State coach Jim Christian threatens to get into the NCAA Tournament mix as well.
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The History of interloper
When English speakers combined "inter-" with "-loper" in the late 1500s, they already had a word landloper (now archaic) for "a person who runs about the land" (in other words, a vagrant). The "-loper" part of "interloper" is related to Middle Dutch and Old English words meaning "to run" and "to leap." An "interloper" is essentially one who jumps into the midst of things without an invitation to do so. In its earliest uses, "interloper" referred specifically to one who interfered in trade illegally - that is, a trader who trespassed on the rights or charters of others. Sometimes "interloper" even referred to a ship employed in illegal trading. But the word quickly took on extended use, coming to refer not just to intrusion in trade but also in personal affairs or other matters.
INTERLOPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interloper for English Language Learners
: a person who is not wanted or welcome by the other people in a situation or place
INTERLOPER Defined for Kids
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