[ ih-myoor ]
See synonyms for: immureimmuredimmurationimmurement on

verb (used with object),im·mured, im·mur·ing.
  1. to enclose within walls.

  2. to shut in; seclude or confine.

  1. to imprison.

  2. to build into or entomb in a wall.

  3. Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.

Origin of immure

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

Other words from immure

  • im·mure·ment, im·mu·ra·tion [im-yuh-rey-shuhn], /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/, noun
  • self-im·mure·ment, noun
  • self-im·mur·ing, adjective
  • un·im·mured, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use immure in a sentence

  • I waited for him to begin, but he could not, whether from surprise or loss of readiness through such long immurement.

    The Maid of Sker | Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • At the conclusion of this half century's immurement what would the world say to the Polish composer's music?

    Old Fogy | James Huneker
  • Thenceforward Ernesta had but one thought, that of saving her daughter from that awful life of immurement and entombment.

  • When this cell of immurement (reclusorium) was ready, the mind in Romuald was so that it scarcely could be imprisoned.

  • 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 | Alexander Leighton

British Dictionary definitions for immure


/ (ɪˈmjʊə) /

  1. archaic, or literary to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison

  2. to shut (oneself) away from society

  1. obsolete to build into or enclose within a wall

Origin of immure

C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall

Derived forms of immure

  • immurement, noun

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