[man-uh-kuh l] /ˈmæn ə kəl/

a shackle for the hand; handcuff.
Usually, manacles. restraints; checks.
verb (used with object), manacled, manacling.
to handcuff; fetter.
to hamper; restrain:
He was manacled by his inhibitions.
(usually pl) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc
verb (transitive)
to put manacles on
to confine or constrain

mid-14c., “a fetter for the hand,” from Old French manicle “manacles, handcuffs; bracelet; armor for the hands,” from Latin manicula “handle,” literally “little hand,” diminutive of manicae “long sleeves of a tunic, gloves; armlets, gauntlets; handcuffs, manacles,” from manus “hand” (see manual (adj.)). Related: Manacles.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
The mind-forged manacles I hear

[Blake, “Songs of Experience”]


c.1300, “to fetter with manacles,” from manacle (n.). Related: Manacled; manacling.


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