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manacle

noun man·a·cle \ ˈma-ni-kəl \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of manacle

1 :a shackle for the hand or wrist :handcuff usually used in plural
2 :something used as a restraint

Examples of manacle in a Sentence

  1. manacles prevented the bear from roaming beyond a very small area

  2. the warring groups need to shake off the manacle of their troubled past and learn to live with one another in peace

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Origin and Etymology of manacle

Middle English manicle, from Anglo-French, from Latin manicula handle, diminutive of manicae shackles, armor for the hand, from manus hand — more at manual


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manacle

verb

Definition of manacle

manacled; manacling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to confine (the hands) with manacles
2 :to make fast or secure :bind; broadly :to restrain from movement, progress, or action

Examples of manacle in a Sentence

  1. manacled the prisoner to the wall

  2. in this situation, the police are manacled by unnecessary regulations

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First Known Use of manacle

14th century

Synonym Discussion of manacle

hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence.
    • hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate
trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net.
    • rules that trammel the artist's creativity
clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering.
    • a court system clogged by frivolous suits
fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost.
    • a nation fettered by an antiquated class system
shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom.
    • a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice
    • a people manacled by tyranny

MANACLE Defined for English Language Learners

manacle

noun

Definition of manacle for English Language Learners

  • : either one of a set of two metal rings designed to lock around a person's wrists or ankles



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