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verb (used with object), en·snared, en·snar·ing.
  1. to capture in, or involve as in, a snare: to be ensnared by lies; to ensnare birds.
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Also insnare.

Origin of ensnare

First recorded in 1585–95; en-1 + snare1
Related formsen·snare·ment, nounen·snar·er, nounen·snar·ing·ly, adverbun·en·snared, adjective


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Related Words

embroilment, enmeshment, involvement, mesh, mix-up, snare, tangle, trap, entrapment

Examples from the Web for ensnarement

Historical Examples

  • The House seemed to be literally "lying in wait" for him, with traps set on every side for his ensnarement.

    History of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, President of The United States

    Edmund G. Ross

British Dictionary definitions for ensnarement



verb (tr)
  1. to catch or trap in a snare
  2. to trap or gain power over someone by dishonest or underhand means
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Derived Formsensnarement, nounensnarer, noun
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Word Origin and History for ensnarement



1570s, from en- (1) "make, put in" + snare (n.). Related: Ensnared; ensnaring.

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