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Definition law:  a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tempted or tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials
  • She was acquitted on an entrapment defense.
  • This man here was unable to entrap him; His defenses are sound when such snares enwrap him.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • Not the doughtiest soldier of old Gondor, nor the most savage Orc entrapped, had ever thus endured her, or set blade to her beloved flesh.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • The enemy, far from trying to repel him, welcomed him in, so he could be thoroughly entrapped before they destroyed him.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • On the one hand she wished this kind of entrapment on no one.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • In the early days, a number of effective men were entrapped in situations that either damaged them personally or ruined their reputations.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • The morning that Margaret had spent with Miss Avery, and the afternoon she set out to entrap Helen, were the scales of a single balance.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • A feeling of marching through a great maze; a sense of entrapment mixed with mystery.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • They were to get behind the redcoats and entrap them in the Hollow Way.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Isabel couldn't rid herself of a suspicion that they were playing somehow at cross-purposes—that the simplicity of each had been entrapped.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The foolish scissors have slipped too far over the knuckles, it seems, and Hercules holds out his entrapped fingers hopelessly.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Or how if the Queen of the Underworld knew all about the signs and had made the Knight learn this name simply in order to entrap them?
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Silver Chair
  • Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • A troop of baboons ran with arched tails flying as they zigzagged, not yet understanding their entrapment.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • And both male and female must contend with the family instinct by which each seeks to entrap and control the other.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Could she have been entrapped?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Here in her hairs The painter plays the spider, and hath woven A golden mesh t' entrap the hearts of men Faster than gnats in cobwebs: but her eyes!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Violent urges that entrap him each morning and each night and for which he knows only one cure.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • We trained them secretly, using codes, methods of transport, entrapment and killing-even weapons Command Saigon knew nothing about.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Her entrapped hand was on the table, but she had already put her other hand behind her waist.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations

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