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  • n. Plural form of manacle.
  • n. A plurale tantum with same meanings as manacle.


Middle English manicle, from Old French manicle, from Latin manicula, diminutive form of manus ("hand"). (Wiktionary)


  • What that means was that when the end of that session of court came, Mr. Hall, instead of being out on bail and going home, would go to jail and would be brought down the next day in manacles and be in manacles, and go back to jail the next night.

    A Look At America

  • He should have had to sit on stage in manacles. pseudonymous in nc Says:

    Matthew Yglesias » Disrespect

  • His manacles were a constant, a twenty-four-hour-a-day weight his body grudgingly accepted in spite of the rawness and swelling caused by the dig of unforgiving metal.


  • Noting the "manacles" and advocating them are two different things.

    The Brussels Journal - The Voice of Conservatism in Europe

  • But, it is always fascinating to read how regular defenders of dictatorships (like the kapitein) want to tell the US how the removal of an atrocious tyranny actually should be done with "manacles".

    The Brussels Journal - The Voice of Conservatism in Europe

  • "manacles," "leg-irons," etc., etc. "Pistols" (brass) appear in early inventories, but their absence in the early hand-to-hand encounter at

    The Mayflower and Her Log; July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621 — Complete

  • "manacles," or poles with leathern yokes, and driven through the city streets by a band of forty boys.

    Historic Boys Their Endeavours, Their Achievements, and Their Times

  • The key terms that Hitchens uses to describe that worldview are familiar in the rhetoric of atheism: superstition, false consolation, "mind-forged manacles of servility," "stultifying pseudo-science," and of course, the blandishments of organized religion.

    Deepak Chopra: The Atheist's Mistake

  • "It is these forces among others which will speed the day when humanity emancipates itself from the mind-forged manacles of servility and superstition."

    Deepak Chopra: The Atheist's Mistake

  • Hitchens dismisses every spiritual person out of hand, which means that he dismisses William Blake the source of his phrase, "mind-forged manacles," which Blake applied to modern industrial life, not religion in the same breath that he dismisses Bible Belt preachers.

    Deepak Chopra: The Atheist's Mistake


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