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  • v. Simple past of enchain.
  • v. Past participle of enchain

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. bound with chains


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  • His graceful elocution enchained the senses of his hearers.

    The Last Man

  • It is easy to see -- and indeed to admire -- why Africans, snatched from their homeland, enchained in slavery and forced to become Christians, would take their newly imposed religion and turn it into a source of solace and strength.

    Clay Farris Naff: White Or Black, The Church Has Failed African Americans

  • The problem, as I see it, is that we have allowed ourselves to be enchained by bureaucracy, corpocracy, consumerism and militarism for so long that we have forgotten what it is to be free.

    John W. Whitehead: The 2010 Elections: Full of Sound and Fury, and Signifying Nothing

  • But so long as it remains enchained to ancient doctrines, so long as the faithful believe these have the force of law, so long as believers surrender their conscience to the dictates of popes, imams, or other God-channelers, then the harm religion does will outweigh the good.

    Clay Farris Naff: What Westboro Baptist Got Right

  • Above the calm and gold-green moon, beneath the wind-wet earth; and here, alone, my soul enchained, enchanted!


  • There they lie, completely enchained by indolence … Business tires him; reading fatigues him; the public service interferes with his pleasures.

    The trouble with boys

  • Other: in the present case of Shelley's Ode, a mere animal venting before it can be enchained in any dream of spiritual ventilation.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • In Romantic poetry, for instance, and its Victorian derivations and attenuations, anything nomadic is anticipated by the sporadic: those irregular phonemic rhythms entrained to signification in the first place — but not entirely enchained there.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • One of the mistakes vulgar libertarians make is to believe that it's only the state that restricts freedom, when in fact we can be enchained by our own past deeds and character.

    Archive 2008-04-01

  • She had commanded me from the moment we met, and I now felt she had invented this test to secure her authority over me, and that if I passed or failed, I would be forever enchained to her caprices.

    Archive 2009-01-01


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