EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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 immured Historical Examples of immured
Send us back into our city, and keep us there
immured until we have perished of hunger.
Fly to the prince; he too has
immured himself in his apartment.
She is therefore a prisoner, as
immured as a goddess in her temple.
His Grace was resolved to break his son's spirit by keeping him
immured in the country.
But we ought not to be
immured among conventions and received opinions. British Dictionary definitions for immured 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 immured 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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