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View synonyms for enchain

enchain

[ en-cheyn ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to bind in or as in chain or chains; fetter; restrain:

    to be enchained by ignorance and superstition.

  2. to hold fast, as the attention.


enchain

/ ɪnˈtʃeɪn /

verb

  1. to bind with chains
  2. to hold fast or captivate (the attention, etc)


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Derived Forms

  • enˈchainment, noun
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Other Words From

  • en·chainment noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of enchain1

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French enchainer, enchaener. See en- 1, chain
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Example Sentences

Pleasure they regarded as an evil, having a tendency to enchain man to earthly enjoyments, a peculiarly Buddhist tenet.

This houri of Sa'adi would not pause to note the difference in writing; the vitalness of the subject would enchain her thoughts.

Utter weakness gripped his body; but more than this seemed to enchain him.

Few writers of the day have the power of Mr. Marshall to enchain interest and yet to disregard conventional devices.

Told with a vim and vividness and with a keen and caustic humour which charm and enchain you throughout.

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