Definitions

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  • n. The act of surrounding, or the state of being surrounded.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of surrounding, or the state of being surrounded; circumvention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of encompassing, or the state of being encompassed.
  • n. Circumlocution in speaking; periphrasis.

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

  • n. including entirely

Etymologies

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encompass +‎ -ment

Examples

  • It's not so much a truly original story with regards to the subject matter, but the global encompassment, coupled with the avoidance of being violently gratuitous make for a one-of-a-kind book.

    Rabid Reads: "World War Z" by Max Brooks

  • The woman's vagina is penetrable and engulfing, her menstrual blood is a primary abject pollutant, while her capacity to give birth raises the subject's terror of encompassment and subsequent loss of self.

    Logan Nakyanzi Pollard: Lake of Fire

  • She hesitated, moved her hips so that her body curved behind me, thighs warm and round against mine, offering encompassment and refuge.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • He is, Himself, that outer, He the encompassment and measure of all things; or rather He is within, at the innermost depth; the outer, circling round Him, so to speak, and wholly dependent upon Him, is Reason-Principle and Intellectual-Principle-or becomes Intellectual-Principle by contact with Him and in the degree of that contact and dependence; for from Him it takes the being which makes it

    The Six Enneads.

  • But now, as under the spell of a new encompassment of her own weaving, she seemed to revert to her former self, sinking, relaxed, into a wicker lounge beside the basin, one long and shapely hand in the water, the other idle in her lap.

    The Inside of the Cup — Complete

  • Money, indeed, if certain ill-natured gossip of tradesmen be true, has been an inconsiderable factor in the encompassment of this sartorial distinction.

    The Spenders A Tale of the Third Generation

  • But this encompassment of her own characterization, based on shreds of convention, peopled by phantoms and voices antipathetic to her, was a sorry and mistaken creation of Tess's fancy -- a cloud of moral hobgoblins by which she was terrified without reason.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • But its encompassment by the sea, its peninsularity, is the dominating difference between the Seward Peninsula and the interior, and does indeed make a different country of it altogether.

    Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled A Narrative of Winter Travel in Interior Alaska

  • But nobody has blown away from the matter its brumous encompassment and let in the light upon it It is very simple.

    The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays 1909

  • The sequence is an ever-widening sense of a sweet and celestial encompassment.

    The Chief End of Man

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