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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
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  • The priestly agent, after craven prayers for his life, was immured for a time in a cloister.

  • We shall be immured there, and at the mercy of that man, that monster!

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • The lovely bride of the colonel was also immured in the dungeons of the same establishment.

    Holiday Romance Charles Dickens
  • Send us back into our city, and keep us there immured until we have perished of hunger.

  • It impressed him that here might be the judgment of a just God—Zoraida immured for all time in the heart of ancient Mexico.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
  • Fly to the prince; he too has immured himself in his apartment.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In the case of Gertrude Warrener, it was indeed a tomb in which she awakened, and she did not know that she had been immured.

  • She is therefore a prisoner, as immured as a goddess in her temple.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • She smiled, she breathed vigorously, as if she were relieved of the enormous weight which had so long crushed and immured her.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But Mary is so immured, that heretofore it hath been impossible to gain access to her.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
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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