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From Ancient Greek ἐγχειρίδιον ‎(enkheirídion), from ἐν ‎(en, in) + χείρ ‎(kheír, hand) + a neuter suffix.



enchiridion ‎(plural enchiridions or enchiridia)

  1. A handbook or manual.
  2. A dagger.[1]
    • 1644, John Milton, Aeropagitica:
      This [their laick rabble] may have much reason to discourage the Ministers when such a low conceit is had of all their exhortations, and the benefiting of their hearers, as that they are not thought fit to be turn'd loose to three sheets of paper without a Licencer, that all the Sermons, all the Lectures preacht, printed, vented in such numbers, and such volumes, as have now well-nigh made all other Books unsalable, should not be armor anough against one single enchiridion, without the Castle St. Angelo of an Imprimatur.


  1. ^ Milton, John. Thomas White, ed. Areopagitica: A Speech to the Parliament of England, for the Liberty of Unlicensed Printing, pp. 115 f., n. 4. R. Hunter, 1819.