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enchain

[en-cheyn] /ɛnˈtʃeɪn/
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.
Origin of enchain
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French enchainer, enchaener. See en-1, chain
Related forms
enchainment, noun
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  • My teachers are divinities whose oracles, more precious than wisdom, can lead the senses captive and enchain the will.

    Secresy E. (Eliza) Fenwick
  • Utter weakness gripped his body; but more than this seemed to enchain him.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • Do you suppose I could ever love a man who had the paltry, ungenerous instinct to enchain me?

  • There still are comforts and pleasures in God's world, but they do not enchain.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Apt phrases and beautiful figures of speech seize the imagination and enchain the fancy.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10 Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Her life should be one long vigilant device to enchain his being.

    Henrietta Temple Benjamin Disraeli
  • But there was no particular woman to enchain my fancy and I did not have time or money or inclination to hunt for one.

  • He knew himself to be grave and quiet; there was nothing about him to enchain her to him.

    Vera Nevill Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
  • She is young, and has still many years to live; I have no right to enchain her existence with that of a man she does not love.

    Stronghand Gustave Aimard
  • A sensation of absolute rest and total indifference seemed to enchain all his faculties.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for enchain

enchain

/ɪnˈtʃeɪn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to bind with chains
2.
to hold fast or captivate (the attention, etc)
Derived Forms
enchainment, noun
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