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[ih-myoo r] /ɪˈmyʊər/
verb (used with object), immured, immuring.
to enclose within walls.
to shut in; seclude or confine.
to imprison.
to build into or entomb in a wall.
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 forms
immurement, immuration
[im-yuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
self-immurement, noun
self-immuring, adjective
unimmured, adjective Unabridged
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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.

    The Conquest

    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.

  • Such a trick of fate, to take a man of important affairs, and immure him at the mercy of a maniac in a God-forsaken coal-town!

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • It was customary at that period to immure prisoners in solitary confinement.

  • Kings themselves were wont thus to immure the wives and daughters of defeated rebels.

  • The Eastern monarch may immure himself in his harem, casting the burdens of state upon the shoulders of a grand vizier.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Have they not forced him to immure himself here in the hills, when he should by rights be reigning in Rome?

British Dictionary definitions for immure


verb (transitive)
(archaic or literary) to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison
to shut (oneself) away from society
(obsolete) to build into or enclose within a wall
Derived Forms
immurement, 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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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