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


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɛnkaɪˈɹɪdɪən/


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.



enchiridion m (genitive enchiridiī); second declension

  1. a manual


Second declension, Greek type.

Case Singular Plural
nominative enchiridion enchiridia
genitive enchiridiī enchiridiōrum
dative enchiridiō enchiridiīs
accusative enchiridion enchiridia
ablative enchiridiō enchiridiīs
vocative enchiridion enchiridia


  • enchiridion in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • enchiridion in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[1], pre-publication website, 2005-2016