One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Bind with or as with chains.
- ‘Sachs argues, that a syndrome of unpropitious circumstances enchain the poorest countries in a hand to mouth existence that prevents them investing in their future.’
- ‘Education is slavery, it enchains the mind and makes it a resource for class power.’
- ‘By the time he wrote his preface, he had come to the conclusion that, ’… to enchain syllables, and to lash the wind, are equally the undertakings of pride.’’
- ‘Venus, accompanied by her Games and Pleasures disguised as sailors, invites mortals to accompany them, and in fact has her cupids enchain the lovers with garlands of roses.’
- ‘Several details are reminiscent of Fuzelier's Les amours déguisés, including the ‘fleet of cupids’ and the lovers enchained with garlands of roses.’
- ‘Arrino was a man who did as he pleased, who answered to no one - not even me - so how had he ended up enchained by the laws of social convention that he had always been contemptuous of?’
- ‘He used to be enchained by his own self-consciousness.’
- ‘As long as he retains human form, he is enchained by our institutions…’
Late Middle English: from Old French enchainer, based on Latin catena ‘chain’.
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