What is the word that means "not able to be escaped from by struggling"? I heard it many years ago and have forgotten it due to advancing age and mis-spent youth.
The verb ensnare seems to convey that sense
to catch (an animal or person) in a trap or in a place from which there is no escape
I agree with mplungjan that snared can also work, but I think ensnared seems to connote inescapable a bit better.
Snared comes to mind
snare noun \ˈsner\
: a device that has a loop (called a noose) which gets smaller when the end of it is pulled >and that is used to catch animals : a kind of trap
: a position or situation from which it is difficult to escape
If someone/something is snared. struggling will only tighten the noose
Forfoughten/ forfoughen is to be [Wearied and worn-out with fighting]
: http://useful_english.enacademic.com/344472/forfoughten. I think an appropriate word for a gentleman who is advancing in age and recalling a mis-spent youth
I thought 'laocooning' would be a struggle word but I cannot find any use
A synonym of "inescapable" is "ineluctable".
This is what the online American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language says about "ineluctable":
Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable: "Those war plans rested on a belief in the ineluctable superiority of the offense over the defense" (Jack Beatty). [Latin inēluctābilis : in-, not; see IN-1 + ēluctābilis, penetrable (from ēluctārī, to struggle out of : ex-, ex- + luctārī, to struggle).] ineluctability n. ineluctably adv.