verb (used with object), en·shrined, en·shrin·ing.

to enclose in or as in a shrine: His love for her is enshrined forever in his poetry.
to cherish as sacred: The memory of our friendship will be enshrined in my heart.

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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Historical Examples of enshrinement

  • The measure of "fitness" is the entirety of the enshrinement or embodiment of the mortal aspiration to put on immortality.

British Dictionary definitions for enshrinement



verb (tr)

to place or enclose in or as if in a shrine
to hold as sacred; cherish; treasure
Derived Formsenshrinement, noun
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Word Origin and History for enshrinement



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

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