Thursday, May 21, 2009
immure verb [ih-MYUR] To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
Definitions for immure
- To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
- To build into a wall.
- To entomb in a wall.
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Citations for immure
Not surprisingly, Sally shuddered at the thought of being immured in the black cave, to die slowly and hopelessly, far below the sunny hillside.
True, there was a Mughal emperor in Delhi until 1857, but he was emperor in name only, the shadow of a memory, described by Lord Macaulay as 'a mock sovereign immured in a gorgeous state prison'.
Origin of immure
Immure comes from Medieval Latin immurare, from Latin in-, "in" + murus, "wall." It is related to mural, a painting applied to a wall.