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  • v. Present participle of enchain.


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  • This seems reminiscent of the attempts to ensure loyalty in the old Soviet Union: a vast bureaucracy dedicated to busywork, to enchaining the creativity and energy of professionals, and distracting them from their work.

    National Epidemic Reported

  • As the evening star shone out, and the orange sunset, far in the west, marked the position of the dear land we had for ever left, talk, thought enchaining, made the hours fly — O that we had lived thus for ever and for ever!

    The Last Man

  • Worship was over now, but compassion and loyalty, even pity, can be just as enchaining.

    The Devil's Novice

  • Whatever be the dignity or profundity of his disquisition, whether he be enlarging knowledge or exalting affection, whether he be amusing attention with incidents, or enchaining it in suspense, let but a quibble spring up before him, and he leaves his work unfinished.

    Preface to Shakespeare

  • With this comes what is known as the casting of the wings, the enchaining in body: the soul has lost that innocency of conducting the higher which it knew when it stood with the All-Soul, that earlier state to which all its interest would bid it hasten back.

    The Six Enneads.

  • It appears to me to be written with wonderful power of enchaining the attention.

    The Lost Hunter A Tale of Early Times

  • But to me the novels were enchaining, enthralling; and to hint a defect in them stunned one.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 07, No. 43, May, 1861 Creator

  • She had a sweet, low voice, "that most excellent thing in woman;" while her light, silvery laughter rippled forth ever and anon, like a chime of well-tuned bells, enchaining me as would chords of Offenbach's champagne music.

    She and I, Volume 1

  • Hence its enchaining, ever fresher, and younger charm.

    The Parables of Our Lord

  • The past is, by its ruthless critics, conceived not infrequently as enchaining or enslaving.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance


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