American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To settle (oneself) securely or comfortably: She ensconced herself in an armchair.
- v. To place or conceal in a secure place.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cover or shelter as with a sconce or fort; protect; hide securely; give shelter or security to.
- Hence To fix firmly or snugly; settle; lodge: as, he ensconced himself in his comfortable arm-chair.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cover or shelter, as with a sconce or fort; to place or hide securely; to conceal.
- v. fix firmly
- From en- + sconce, “to enter a sconce ("fortification")”. (Wiktionary)
- en-1 + sconce1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the case of vampires, I locked myself in my bedroom, dim the lights, close the curtains and ensconce myself in the middle of pillows and warm blankets.”
“His editors had to ensconce him in a hotel suite and watch him constantly to get him to finish certain books.”
“Max: The Brits liked Monty Python so much they apparently decided to ensconce such absurdity into laws like the one cited above, insane but true.”
“Anyone who's returned their Apple laptop for repairs knows that Apple first ships out a wonderfully compact box, packed efficiently with protective stuffing to ensconce the computer.”
“The journey of aging is a complicated one … my partner told me she will pack up all our belongings and ensconce me by the Mediterranean beaches I so deeply desire, if my days become acutely finite. xx,”
“At least 131 of Howell's Branch Davidians were convinced enough to ensconce themselves in his compound, yielding to him their daughters as young as 12 to be impregnated by the Messiah.”
“The MEK wants to be free to ensconce itself in Washington and other world capitals and play the role of a legitimate Iranian opposition, similar to what Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress did prior to the Iraq war.”
“Considering the disrepute in which the Chicago School currently finds itself within economics, do we really want to ensconce that economic model (er, religion?) in the highcourt?”
“Philosopher Michael Sandel, in his 2009 Reith Lecture for the BBC, spoke about how we need more and better public institutions in America - parks, schools, public health clinics, libraries, recreation centers, museums, public transportation - where diverse groups of people can come togehter as Americans, as opposed to private self-segregating places where Americans can ensconce themselves in their own little socioeconomic bubbles.”
“The Democrats ensconce themselves in huge amounts of Wall Street campaign money and in exchange they pursue the short-sighted prerogatives of a bunch of rich guys who have already been bailed out and have shown the world that they're nothing but a gang of white-collar crooks.”
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