- 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
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Examples from the Web for immurement
Even the ordinary secret sin corrodes the heart by its immurement, and the sin of Logs house was not an ordinary one.The Court of Cacus
When this cell of immurement (reclusorium) was ready, the mind in Romuald was so that it scarcely could be imprisoned.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
At the conclusion of this half century's immurement what would the world say to the Polish composer's music?Old Fogy
Thenceforward Ernesta had but one thought, that of saving her daughter from that awful life of immurement and entombment.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- 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
C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall
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Word Origin and History for immurement
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