- to capture in, or involve as in, a snare: to be ensnared by lies; to ensnare birds.
Origin of ensnare
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entrap, entangle, enmesh.
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Examples from the Web for ensnared
Other companies have been ensnared in similar controversies.How the Kings of Fracking Double-Crossed Their Way to Riches
March 13, 2014
And, even if that could be papered over, McDonnell was ensnared in an ongoing ethics scandal that kept him off the campaign trail.How the Richer, Better Run Campaign Barely Won in Virginia
November 7, 2013
Appealing the order could have ensnared the company in an interminable appeals process, keeping its buses off the road for years.The Government’s Cheap, Dishonest Campaign Against the Chinatown Bus Industry
November 2, 2013
Reinhart & Rogoff were not gripped by the pseudo-science-economics that has ensnared so many on the right.What's the Fallout from Reinhart-Rogoff?
April 18, 2013
Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam have emerged as key players in the saga that ensnared two top American generals.Florida Twins at the Center of Petraeusgate Scandal
November 13, 2012
What right has she to say that I ensnared Madeline's affection and all that rot?The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
I was ensnared by her beauty, and hadn't sense enough to see the danger.Janet of the Dunes
Harriet T. Comstock
He skipped merrily off and soon had ensnared a large white owl.Short Sketches from Oldest America
By her witcheries, I tell you, has ensnared him so that now he swears that he will wed her.Elissa
H. Rider Haggard
And it is the very lawfulness of these indulgences which has ensnared him.
- to catch or trap in a snare
- to trap or gain power over someone by dishonest or underhand means
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Word Origin and History for ensnared
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