American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Variant of trepan2.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A snare; a stratagem; a trepan. See 3d trepan.
- v. To insnare; to catch by stratagem; to entrap; to trepan.
“And the day it's well return'd again. trapan: injure treacherously, fey: marked by fate, boun: go, stancheon: iron bar, loup: leap, twin: part”
“He can trapan a Jephthah into a vow and solemn oath, and then bind him, under fear of perjury, to perform it by an horrid and unhuman murder.”
“Is it possible for him, who is love itself, to be cruel, harsh, and inexorable; to sit in heaven contriving gins and snares to trapan and ruin his poor creatures; and then to delight himself in the cries of the damned, and the woful estate of tormented souls?”
“Mr. Blackburne observed further to me, some certain notice that he had of the present plot so much talked of; that he was told by Mr. Rushworth, how one Captain Oates, a great discoverer, did employ several to bring and seduce others into a plot, and that one of his agents met with one that would not listen to him, nor conceal what he had offered him, but so detected the trapan.”
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