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enshrine

[en-shrahyn]
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verb (used with object), en·shrined, en·shrin·ing.
  1. to enclose in or as in a shrine: His love for her is enshrined forever in his poetry.
  2. to cherish as sacred: The memory of our friendship will be enshrined in my heart.
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Also inshrine.

Origin of enshrine

First recorded in 1575–85; en-1 + shrine
Related formsen·shrine·ment, nounun·en·shrined, adjective
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  • "So much the more need that we enshrine her image in our own hearts," rejoined Plato.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • If I should tell her that Jones died in Brazil, she'd enshrine him in her memory.

  • And they would erect a temple wherein to enshrine the divine fragment.

    King Candaules

    Thophile Gautier

  • It is so sweet to enshrine you in such a pure romance, mamma.

    The Forsaken Inn

    Anna Katharine Green

  • A place in which to enshrine and worship her during the years to come; for what else could it be?


British Dictionary definitions for enshrine

enshrine

inshrine

verb (tr)
  1. to place or enclose in or as if in a shrine
  2. to hold as sacred; cherish; treasure
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Derived Formsenshrinement, noun
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Word Origin and History for enshrine

v.

1580s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + shrine. Related: Enshrined; enshrining.

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