ensconce was our Word of the Day on 09/29/2017. Hear the podcast!
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Examples of ensconce in a Sentence
The sculpture is safely ensconced behind glass.
He ensconced himself in front of the television.
Recent Examples of ensconce from the Web
Kusama-rama is nearly upon us Eli and Edythe Broad prefer their art with a side of showmanship, as evidenced by the selfie-centric pieces ensconced within their namesake museum.
Having delivered the party 13 percent, Weidel should be ensconced in the leadership for the next four years.
Thousands of Chinese are voting with their feet, choosing to move to nations where civil liberties are better ensconced and legal guarantees more reliable.
On the other, Putin remains firmly ensconced in power—while Donald Trump is president, and Hillary Clinton is relegated to a book tour this week.
With Trump now ensconced in the White House and Sessions frying other fish as attorney general, supporters of criminal-justice reform are trying to push the rock back up the hill.
Alabama looks like the only sure bet at this point, the Crimson Tide ensconced at No. 1.
The oligarchic sharks are circling the water, and now their head shark is ensconced at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
The most dramatic reaction came from former Bush CIA deputy director Michael Morell, who had been comfortably ensconced at Loser U himself.
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Did You Know?
You might think of "sconce" as a type of candleholder or lamp, but the word can also refer to a defensive fortification, usually one made of earth. Originally, then, a person who was "ensconced" was enclosed in or concealed by such a structure, out of harm's way. The earliest writer to apply the verb "ensconce" with the general sense of "hide" was William Shakespeare. In The Merry Wives of Windsor, the character Falstaff, hoping to avoid detection when he is surprised during an amorous moment with Mrs. Ford, says "She shall not see me; I will ensconce me behind the arras." (An arras is a tapestry or wall hanging.)
Synonymsinstall, lodge, nestle, perch, roost, settle
Related Wordsdeploy, emplace, fix, locate, park, plant, position, set, situate, station; anchor, bivouac, camp, camp (out); burrow, curl up, dig in; harbor, house
Near Antonymsbare, expose, reveal, show, uncover, unmask, unveil, unwrap; flaunt, parade, show off; disinter, unearth
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