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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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  • Even the ordinary secret sin corrodes the heart by its immurement, and the sin of Logs house was not an ordinary one.

    The Court of Cacus

    Alexander Leighton
  • When this cell of immurement (reclusorium) was ready, the mind in Romuald was so that it scarcely could be imprisoned.

  • At the conclusion of this half century's immurement what would the world say to the Polish composer's music?

    Old Fogy James Huneker
  • Thenceforward Ernesta had but one thought, that of saving her daughter from that awful life of immurement and entombment.

British Dictionary definitions for immurement


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 immurement



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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