en·​sky | \ in-ˈskī How to pronounce ensky (audio) , en- \
enskied; enskying; enskies

Definition of ensky

transitive verb

: exalt I hold you as a thing enskied and sainted— William Shakespeare

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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."

Examples of ensky in a Sentence

a society that seems to have enskied celebrity as an end in itself

First Known Use of ensky

1603, in the meaning defined above

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“Ensky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ensky?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=ensky001. Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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