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Definition of "fetter" []

  • A chain or shackle for the ankles or feet. (noun)
  • Something that serves to restrict; a restraint. (noun)
  • To put fetters on; shackle. (verb-transitive)
  • To restrict the freedom of. See Synonyms at hamper1. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fetter" in a sentence
  • "They are as stanch and resolved in their hatred of the domestic institution as when we abolished the accursed slave traffic; as when, at a vast sacrifice, both of money and of colonial prosperity, we struck the last fetter from the last English slave; as when the women of England, half a million strong, sent out a generous if not a wise remonstrance to the women of America."
  • "Thursday (called in French Jeudi gras and in German fetter Donnerstag"
  • "It never will save a man from sin; never break a fetter, or dash away a wine-cup."