[ ih-myoo r ]
/ ɪˈmyʊər /
verb (used with object), im·mured, im·mur·ing.
to enclose within walls.
to shut in; seclude or confine.
to build into or entomb in a wall.
Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.
Origin of immure
Related formsim·mure·ment, im·mu·ra·tion [im-yuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/, nounself-im·mure·ment, nounself-im·mur·ing, adjectiveun·im·mured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for immuration
/ (ɪˈmjʊə) /
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 Formsimmurement, noun
Word Origin for immure
C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall
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Word Origin and History for immuration
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.
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