In English, what's the difference between "intruder" and "interloper"?

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  • 6 years ago
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    In common usage an intruder is someone who breaks into your house uninvited. An interloper is someone who starts meddling in some aspect of your life.

    • Ryoko 13266 years agoReport

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  • Prasad
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    6 years ago

    When someone says, “I hate to intrude, but…” you can bet she is in fact going to interrupt your conversation or insert her opinion, even though it isn’t wanted. House burglars also intrude, but they don’t usually announce it first.

    People can intrude in different ways, but it is usually uninvited and also unwelcome. This verb is derived from the Latin, intrudere, in which the in- means “into” and -trudere means, “to thrust.” So people can in intrude by thrusting or forcing themselves into your private life, your personal body space, or your home. Loud music could intrude into your studying. A memory could intrude while you are trying to focus on texting a message.

    If you intrude on people without their permission, you are an interloper. An interloper crashes parties and laughs at "No Trespassing" signs.

    They figure the word interloper was formed by combining inter- ("between") with -loper (from landloper — meaning "vagabond or adventurer"). So, it only makes sense that an interloper is someone who has ventured or traveled where he was not welcome. The noun interloper may also refer to something other than a person: "The new chain superstore built at the edge of town and was an interloper among the various mom and pop grocery stores in the area."

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  • 6 years ago

    They are synonyms and can be used in many sentences interchangeably.

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