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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 immured
Historical Examples
  • Send us back into our city, and keep us there immured until we have perished of hunger.

  • Fly to the prince; he too has immured himself in his apartment.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She is therefore a prisoner, as immured as a goddess in her temple.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • His Grace was resolved to break his son's spirit by keeping him immured in the country.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • But we ought not to be immured among conventions and received opinions.

    Joyous Gard Arthur Christopher Benson
  • If I had been immured there forever and always, it would be her fault just the same.

    Grace Harlowe's Problem Jessie Graham Flower
  • I immured them in these cellars, with ten years' provisions.

    The Pirate's Pocket Book

    Dion Clayton Calthrop
  • My parents would not hear of the marriage, and immured me in the spare room.

    Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne
  • We shall be immured there, and at the mercy of that man, that monster!

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • It seemed as though he were doomed to remain for ever immured in this horrible place.

    A Chinese Command Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for immured


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 immured



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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