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tr.v. en·snarled, en·snarl·ing, en·snarls
To entangle in or as if in a snarl: "The Senate has contrived to ensnarl several major proposals in two legislative tangles" (New York Times).
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vb (tr)
to become tangled in
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to entangle in or as if in a snarl.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.ensnarl - entangle or catch in (or as if in) a meshensnarl - entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
mat, entangle, snarl, tangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord"
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1. To twist together so that separation is difficult:
2. To gain control of or an advantage over by or as if by trapping:
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As Lao-tzu says, "Exotic goods ensnarl human lives" (sec.
Like Lacan, who questioned the primacy of cognition in Western philosophy--philosophy's axiomatic insistence on self-knowledge as an expression of self-mastery--Kristeva professes her own kind of "antiphilosophy," (4) affirming the deep interconnection between thought and desire, if not the identification of thought with desire (jouissance): "The knowing subject is also a desiring subject, and the paths of desire ensnarl the paths of knowledge" (307).
"To them its meaning was defined by the Crusaders who turned it into a sword and slaughtered thousands of Jews in its name." That re-definition of the cross was to rear up and ensnarl the international dialogue again in 1986 during the Auschwitz Convent controversy, a classic example of interreligious miscommunication.
His love affair with the latter, however, is complicated by the efforts of the starlet to ensnarl him.
Can you put some razor wire on it?" I said, "Yeah, I will." They wanted me to put razor wire on the columns, [to] ensnarl these little kids with their spray cans.
Second, there is the fear that this work will actually lose me my job because it will absorb my time and/ or it will ensnarl me in politics that will put me out of favor with whatever higher forces determine my candidacy.
or whether attempting to do so would simply ensnarl the global legal
Putatively, the regulations protect my autonomy; practically, they ensnarl me in red tape and hijack my money for services I dislike.
"However, bureaucracies should not take advantage of this opportunity to extend their reach and ensnarl American businesses in red tape.
Developing nations bear the greatest burden because of the presence of a wide range of parasites, toxins, and biological hazards and the lack of surveillance, prevention, and treatment measures--all of which ensnarl the poor in a chronic cycle of infection.