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entanglement

[en-tang-guh l-muh nt] /ɛnˈtæŋ gəl mənt/
noun
1.
the act of entangling.
2.
the state of being entangled.
3.
something that entangles; snare; involvement; complication.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; entangle + -ment
Related forms
interentanglement, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for entanglements

entanglement

/ɪnˈtæŋɡəlmənt/
noun
1.
something that entangles or is itself entangled
2.
a sexual relationship regarded as unfortunate, damaging, or compromising
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Word Origin and History for entanglements

entanglement

n.

1640s, from entangle + -ment. Foreign entanglements does not appear as such in Washington's Farewell Address, though he nonetheless warns against them. The phrase is found in William Coxe's 1798 memoirs of Sir Robert Walpole.

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