Definition of enchain in English:

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enchain

Pronunciation: /ɪnˈtʃeɪn/
/ɛnˈtʃeɪn/

verb

[with object] literary
Bind with or as with chains: the statue of Louis XIV, with four slaves enchained whenever he spoke all were enchained
More example sentences
  • He used to be enchained by his own self-consciousness.
  • 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.

Derivatives

enchainment

noun
Example sentences
  • Second, she stretched chains around a group of trees in an adjoining forest and they began to bend and grow toward one another from the force of the enchainment.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French enchainer, based on Latin catena 'chain'.

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