Word Origin See more synonyms for immure on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), im·mured, im·mur·ing. 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,
Latin im- im- 1
verbal derivative of
Related forms im·mure·ment, im·mu·ra·tion , [im-y uh- rey-sh uh n] /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/ noun self-im·mure·ment, noun self-im·mur·ing, adjective un·im·mured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for immuration 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 immuration immure v.
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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