Synonyms & Antonyms of manacle

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1 usually manacles plural something that physically prevents free movement
  • manacles prevented the bear from roaming beyond a very small area

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2 something that makes movement or progress difficult
  • 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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Synonyms & Antonyms of manacle (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains
  • manacled the prisoner to the wall

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2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of
  • in this situation, the police are manacled by unnecessary regulations

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How does the verb manacle contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of manacle are clog, fetter, hamper, shackle, and trammel. While all these words mean "to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting," shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom.

a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice

a people manacled by tyranny

When might clog be a better fit than manacle?

Although the words clog and manacle have much in common, clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering.

a court system clogged by frivolous suits

When would fetter be a good substitute for manacle?

The words fetter and manacle can be used in similar contexts, but fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost.

a nation fettered by an antiquated class system

When is it sensible to use hamper instead of manacle?

The synonyms hamper and manacle are sometimes interchangeable, but hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence.

hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate

When can trammel be used instead of manacle?

The words trammel and manacle are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net.

rules that trammel the artist's creativity

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The first known use of manacle was in the 14th century

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“Manacle.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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