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[ih-myoo r]
verb (used with object), im·mured, im·mur·ing.
  1. to enclose within walls.
  2. to shut in; seclude or confine.
  3. to imprison.
  4. to build into or entomb in a wall.
  5. Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.
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Origin of immure

1575–85; < Medieval Latin immūrāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + -mūrāre, verbal derivative of mūrus wall (cf. mural)
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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Related Words for immured

incarcerate, wall, seclude, jail, imprison, cloister, entomb, coop

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Historical Examples of immured

  • Send us back into our city, and keep us there immured until we have perished of hunger.

    Stories from Thucydides

    H. L. Havell

  • Fly to the prince; he too has immured himself in his apartment.

    Calderon The Courtier

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • But we ought not to be immured among conventions and received opinions.

    Joyous Gard

    Arthur Christopher Benson

British Dictionary definitions for immured


verb (tr)
  1. archaic, or literary to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison
  2. to shut (oneself) away from society
  3. obsolete to build into or enclose within a wall
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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 immured



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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