encloser

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From enclose +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

encloser (plural enclosers)

  1. (now chiefly historical) Someone who appropriates common land.
    • 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society 2012, page 94:
      It was said, for example, that [] the families of notorious enclosers always died out in three generations [] .
    • 1991, Victor Magagna, Communities of Grain:
      Ironically, it was the encloser who had acted in an unbounded manner by violating the institutional boundaries of local community power.
    • 2001, Braddick & Walters (Eds.), Negotiating Power in Early Modern Society, page 133:
      In one episode during the long-running dispute over enclosure at Grewelthorpe Moor in Yorkshire, the women of the community followed the encloser on to the moor and, ‘fallinge downe upon their knees, and some of them weepinge for the loss of their Comon, desired…[him] to be good unto them’.
  2. More generally, someone or something that encloses something.
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Usage notes[edit]

  • For more on the spelling of this word, see enclose.