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Definition protect or hold sacred


place in a shrine (or similar special and protective place)
  • The saint's bones were enshrined in the cathedral.
enshrined = placed in a special and protective place
  • She is now enshrined in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
  • Religious freedom is enshrined in the First Amendment.
  • a campaign to enshrine Muslim women's rights within an Islamic framework
    Time Magazine, 2009  --,8599,1879864,00.html (retrieved 09/14/09)
  • The minister knew well that he was himself enshrined within the stainless sanctity of her heart,
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But, Nature often enshrines gallant and noble hearts in weak bosoms— oftenest, God bless her, in female breasts—and when the child, casting her tearful eyes upon the old man, remembered how weak he was, and how destitute and helpless he would be if she failed him, her heart swelled within her, and animated her with new strength and fortitude.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Enshrine mediocrity—and the shrines are razed.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • More than three thousand people are entombed or enshrined within Westminster Abbey.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Your father had been a respected scholar and also devoted to the six virtues of Buddhism enshrined in this pagoda.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • I enshrined the skull of my father in a Fremen rock mound overlooking Harg Pass.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • The Greeks enshrined it in the story of Midas, of the 'Golden Touch.'
    G. K. Chesterton  --  The Fallacy of Success
  • Its message may be misinterpreted, and the great idea it enshrines may be set back for two or three generations.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • She was majestically tall and all but enshrined by a voluminous mane of golden blond hair.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • He could not accept the idea of enshrining reason as a religion, as desired by the philosophes.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The tragic joke of human history is that on any of the altars men erected, it was always man whom they immolated and the animal whom they enshrined.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • 'Vice,' said the surgeon, replacing the curtain, 'takes up her abode in many temples; and who can say that a fair outside shell not enshrine her?'
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Disposal of the dead, by decent cremation and enshrinement, is a greater moral responsibility to the Japanese than adequate care of the living.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • The might enshrined in their great ships had been clear enough for every eye to see.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • A fire engine was enshrined in his heart as an appalling thing that he loved with a distant dog-like devotion.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • They are enshrined in the hearts of all loyal Southerners, and no one begrudges them the scant monetary returns they make for their risks.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind

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