The dictionary definitions for MANACLE are as follows:
1. (usually plural) a shackle, handcuff, or fetter, used to secure the hands of a prisoner, convict, etc. (noun)
2. To put manacles on (verb)
3. To confine or constrain (verb)
Origin of the word MANACLE:
The method of learning a word through its roots opens up the possibility of learning the complete family of words associated with that particular root. That is the magic of roots and that is what we are going to illustrate here.
Manacle comes from the Latin “manus,” meaning “hand.” The association of manacle with hands is complete: it is a device used to constrain one’s hands. To make some sense, let us try out a few more words with this root. The word “manual” comes from “manus” too. Manual means “something done by hand”. And to “manage” is to handle something with one’s hand.
When you “emancipate” someone, you are basically freeing him up from the hands of someone else. In Roman law, mancipation referred to the act of the son from the authority of the male head of the family.
Another word from the same source is “manfucature”, meaning something made by hand (the original meaning of the word).
Another word from this same source is manuscript, meaning originally a handwritten document or book.
Masters Tip to remember MANACLE:
Just learn this:
(and figuratively, this reduces to something that restrains or controls, just like handcuffs do).
Usage Examples for MANACLE:
1. His hands was red and raw where the iron manacle held it.
2. How can ads experiment with ideas for their own sake when fettered by this capitalist manacle? — Back by Popular Demand: Is Advertising Art, by Nigel Beale.
3. He was manacled by his fears.