Definition of manacle in English:

manacle

noun

usually manacles
  • A metal band, chain, or shackle for fastening someone's hands or ankles.

    ‘the practice of keeping prisoners in manacles’
    • ‘The metal manacles binding his wrists together over his head felt as if they'd been refrigerated before being locked in place.’
    • ‘In one a pair of manacles is prominently displayed.’
    • ‘As I watched him, he groaned and tried to raise his hands to his face; the chain from his wrist to his ankle manacles stopped him.’
    • ‘On my wrists the manacles were joined by a solid iron bar just long enough that I couldn't touch my fingertips together.’
    • ‘The man in black attached manacles to the prisoner's hands, and then pulled him to his feet.’
    • ‘He was suspended in mid-air, chained at the wrists by a pair of steel manacles.’
    • ‘A pair of manacles hung from the wall to their right.’
    • ‘He hardly noticed the manacles because there across from him, only separated by a bit of glass, was his father's familiar face.’
    • ‘In one hand he held the large ring of keys for the dungeons, and in the other a set of manacles and some chains.’
    • ‘He'd worry about the manacles when they got closer to the fortress.’
    • ‘British psychiatrists viewed manacles and leg irons as barbaric symbols of the asylum's dubious past.’
    • ‘Geoffrey Bellanger appeared next, holding matching pairs of manacles.’
    • ‘She was chained to the wall, her wrists and ankles shackled by iron manacles.’
    • ‘I'd have him in manacles, suspended and pressed to the wall.’
    • ‘Discipline was maintained by a free application of whips, fetters, stocks, manacles, chains and the kongo, an iron collar with a long beam.’
    • ‘I watched them as they placed manacles around his wrists, and he did not struggle; he merely looked into my eyes with his own melancholy ones.’
    • ‘During the train journey there, his train was bombed: a young woman in manacles crawled down the corridor to bring him water.’
    • ‘In November 1943 she was sent to Germany in manacles.’
    • ‘The stranger was held in a stone cell, with manacles on his wrists.’
    • ‘Massive manacles made of dull metal bound its wrists and ankles to the wall.’
    handcuffs, shackles, chains, irons, fetters, restraints, bonds
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be manacled
  • Fetter (a person or a part of the body) with manacles.

    ‘his hands were manacled behind his back’
    • ‘I sensed that if his hands were manacled, it would destroy the fluency of his speech.’
    • ‘His ankles, as well, were tightly bound, although not manacled like his wrists.’
    • ‘He was sleeping despite having his wrists manacled to the railing on the side of the bed.’
    • ‘After 15 days several of the prisoners were blindfolded, manacled, and asked to walk holding the person in front.’
    • ‘His eyes and ears are covered, his wrists and ankles manacled.’
    • ‘Keys in one hand, he reached for her manacled hands.’
    • ‘Two days after his arrest he appeared at a Los Angeles federal court to face charges, manacled and dressed in orange prison uniforms.’
    • ‘The prisoner flapped his manacled wrists, as if he were shooing pigeons away; his chains rattled musically.’
    • ‘Haley snarled at them, manacled to the bars on the window.’
    • ‘I had been trying to loose Lynn in the crowd for over an hour now, but it seemed as if some cruel joker had manacled her to me.’
    • ‘He was manacled, blindfolded, held on his knees for hours, beaten, and taken to the infamous Salem prison where he stayed for eleven days without charge or defence.’
    • ‘She's manacled to the wall and her limbs, all painfully thin, tremble with weakness.’
    • ‘He shows off for friends by sneaking out the key and getting himself out of handcuffs, even when he's manacled behind the back.’
    • ‘Their faces are hidden, they are wearing tall hats and are manacled and humiliated.’
    • ‘When Davies was subdued he was manacled hand and foot.’
    • ‘Her arms are cuffed behind her back, her legs manacled together, and both are connected with another chain.’
    • ‘David said he was hooded and manacled, and I said to him, ‘Well who were they?’’
    • ‘They are hooded throughout their journey, with arms and legs manacled to the seats of the plane.’
    • ‘He was followed out of the cell by eight men, chained together and manacled at the wrists and ankles.’
    • ‘He ignored warnings from friends and agreed to be chained and manacled in a room in his home.’
    shackle, fetter, chain, chain up, put in chains, clap in irons, put in irons, handcuff, restrain
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French manicle ‘handcuff’, from Latin manicula, diminutive of manus ‘hand’.

Pronunciation

manacle

/ˈmænək(ə)l//ˈmanək(ə)l/