One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Surround; enclose.‘the stone circle was environed by an expanse of peat soil’
surround, encircle, enclose, ring, envelopView synonyms
- ‘One of them began with an attempt to propitiate the powers which environ him and determine his destiny.…’
- ‘Thus, under the dripping trees, and environed by huge and moving shadows, they reached the scene of their unhallowed labours.’
- ‘You went about with your soul full of suspicion and hatred; you understood that you were environed by hostile powers that were trying to get your money and who used all the virtues to bait their traps with.’
Middle English (formerly also as inviron): from Old French environer, from environ ‘surroundings’, from en ‘in’ + viron ‘circuit’ (from virer ‘to turn, veer’).
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