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entrenchment

[en-trench-muh nt] /ɛnˈtrɛntʃ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of entrenching.
2.
an entrenched position.
3.
Usually, entrenchments. an earth breastwork or ditch for protection against enemy fire.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; entrench + -ment
Related forms
reentrenchment, noun
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entrenchment

/ɪnˈtrɛntʃmənt/
noun
1.
the act of entrenching or state of being entrenched
2.
a position protected by trenches
3.
one of a series of deep trenches constructed as a shelter from gunfire
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Word Origin and History for entrenchment
n.

1580s, from entrench + -ment.

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