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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Examples from the Web for immure Historical Examples of immure
"Load them with heavy fetters and
immure them in a dungeon," said Governor Jefferson.
He did not
immure himself, or cut himself off from human companionship.
You, who are so gay, so full of life and health and exuberant spirits,
immure yourself in a cloister!
The Resurrection Man entered first, and advanced into the middle of a small arched cell—a stone tomb, built to
immure the living!
It never forged a chain to bind a heretic or an adversary, nor erected a prison to
immure him. British Dictionary definitions for immure verb (tr) 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 for immure
C16: from Medieval Latin
immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall
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Word Origin and History for 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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