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[ih-myoo r]
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verb (used with object), im·mured, im·mur·ing.
  1. to enclose within walls.
  2. to shut in; seclude or confine.
  3. to imprison.
  4. to build into or entomb in a wall.
  5. Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.

Origin of immure

1575–85; < Medieval Latin immūrāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + -mūrāre, verbal derivative of mūrus wall (cf. mural)
Related formsim·mure·ment, im·mu·ra·tion [im-yuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/, nounself-im·mure·ment, nounself-im·mur·ing, adjectiveun·im·mured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for immure

Historical Examples

  • "Load them with heavy fetters and immure them in a dungeon," said Governor Jefferson.

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    Eva Emery Dye

  • He did not immure himself, or cut himself off from human companionship.

  • You, who are so gay, so full of life and health and exuberant spirits, immure yourself in a cloister!

    Which?

    Ernest Daudet

  • The Resurrection Man entered first, and advanced into the middle of a small arched cell—a stone tomb, built to immure the living!

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4

    George W. M. Reynolds

  • It never forged a chain to bind a heretic or an adversary, nor erected a prison to immure him.


British Dictionary definitions for immure

immure

verb (tr)
  1. archaic, or literary to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison
  2. to shut (oneself) away from society
  3. obsolete to build into or enclose within a wall
Derived Formsimmurement, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall
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Word Origin and History for immure

v.

1580s, from Middle French emmurer and directly from Medieval Latin immurare, literally "to shut up within walls," from assimilated form of in- "into, in" (see in- (2)) + Latin murus "wall" (see mural). Related: Immured; immuring.

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