Definition of ensky
- I hold you as a thing enskied and sainted
- —William Shakespeare
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a society that seems to have enskied celebrity as an end in itself
Someone who has been enskied has been raised, figuratively, as high as the sky. The en- prefix indicates putting something or someone into or on whatever the second part of the word indicates-in this case, the sky. Lots of words have been formed this way; some of them are quite familiar (enthrone, entrap), whereas others are as high-flown as ensky. Enisle, for example, means "to put someone on an island," or, figuratively, "to isolate someone." Enwomb means "to shut one up as if in a womb." The very first, and most famous, use of ensky occurs in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, when Lucio tells Isabella, a novice in a convent, "I hold you as a thing enskied and sainted."
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having a quality expressive of sadness
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