v. t.1.To put in a coffin.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
The body having been encoffined, we two alone bore it to its rest.
In a sense Pericles, his wife Thaisa, and his daughter Marina all die and are resurrected: Pericles in leaving his kingdom and his eventual return; Thaisa in being encoffined and brought back to life by Cerimon, the priest of Diana; and Marina in supposedly being buried but being restored to her father.
Another, earlier film version, produced in 1985 by the BBC and directed by Jane Howell, takes a different view of the baby boy's fate at play's end, showing him encoffined in the final scene while young Lucius looks on with horror.
On the one hand, a high number of children were found encoffined, which tends to show that parents cared, even if they lacked the means to organize a proper burial.
Depending on whether the body was encoffined or not, whether it was a child or an adult, the sensitivity of residents could he strongly affected.
For reasons of space I am going to deal in detail with just one of Gross's many astonishing meditations, but I want to praise for the record his exquisite way of handling the juxtaposition of Venice with Belmont, of Portia with Shylock, in particular the pairing of her father's caskets--one of which, remember, holds a picture of Portia entitling the bearer to receive her fair self--with Shylock's desire to have his own daughter likewise "encoffined" (43) and bent to his will.
Seen once from the window with her hands on the sill as a "composite picture of all time" and once again as she is boxed and hidden in the revised picture of the geometrically framed painting that alludes to "a cubistic bug," the encoffined and multiply framed Addie is the centerpiece of Darl's cubist vision that is being consumed by the "red glare" that lights the dark.
The puissant, phallic, knife-wielding Tess is not a woman to be repressed, contained, or encoffined for long, as we discover when she turns the tables on her seducer by becoming active and penetrating while he remains passive and supine, "[lying] on his back, pale, fixed, dead, as if he had scarcely moved after the infliction of the blow" (373).
Poe must have been well aware of it, since he used it again in The Fall of the House of Usher (1839): remember the narrator's allusion to Madeline's smile while she lies encoffined in the vault.
The two men took the encoffined body into the burial vault beneath the house and deposited it upon a trestle.