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manacle

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of manacle

  1. 1 usually manacles pl  something that physically prevents free movement manacles prevented the bear from roaming beyond a very small area Synonyms of manacle band, bind, bracelet, chain, cuff(s), fetter, handcuff(s), irons, ligature, bond(s), shackleWords Related to manacle captivity, confinement, constraint, curb, enchainment, enslavement, hindrance, immurement, imprisonment, incarceration, restraint, restriction; entanglement, net, trammel, trap; collar, straitjacket (also straightjacket); fastener, hobble, hold, hold-down, holding, tie

  2. 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 Synonyms of manacle balk, bar, block, chain, clog, cramp, crimp, deterrent, drag, embarrassment, fetter, handicap, hindrance, holdback, hurdle, impediment, inhibition, interference, let, encumbrance, obstacle, obstruction, shackles, stop, stumbling block, trammelWords Related to manacle catch, hitch, rub, snag; barrier, blockade, blockage, brick wall, stone wall; arrest, bit, brake, check, constraint, curb, hobble, rein, restraint; embargo, stoppage; delay, holdup, stall; burden, cumber, load; danger, hazard, peril, reef; adversity, difficulty, disadvantage, drawback, hardshipNear Antonyms of manacle catalyst, goad, impetus, incentive, spur, stimulant, stimulus; advantage, break, edge; aid, assistance, benefit, boost, handmaiden (also handmaid), help


manacle

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of manacle

  1. 1 to confine or restrain with or as if with chains manacled the prisoner to the wall Synonyms of manacle chain, enchain, enfetter, fetter, gyve, handcuff, bind, pinion, shackle, trammelWords Related to manacle bit, hobble, hog-tie, iron, lash, secure, tie, truss; attach, fasten, join, link; confine, constrain, curb, hamper, hinder, impede; limit, restrict; entangle, tangleNear Antonyms of manacle emancipate, free, liberate, loose, release, rescue; undo, unfasten, untangle, untie; detach, disengageAntonyms of manacle unbind, unfetter, unshackle

  2. 2 to create difficulty for the work or activity of in this situation, the police are manacled by unnecessary regulations Synonyms of manacle clog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, fetter, handcuff, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold up, impede, inhibit, interfere (with), hamper, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, tie up, trammelWords Related to manacle balk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)Near Antonyms of manacle clear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promoteAntonyms of manacle aid, assist, facilitate, help

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

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