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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Related Words for immurement quarantine
nab Examples from the Web for immurement Historical Examples of immurement
Even the ordinary secret sin corrodes the heart by its
immurement, and the sin of Logs house was not an ordinary one.
When this cell of
immurement (reclusorium) was ready, the mind in Romuald was so that it scarcely could be imprisoned.
At the conclusion of this half century's
immurement what would the world say to the Polish composer's music?
Thenceforward Ernesta had but one thought, that of saving her daughter from that awful life of
immurement and entombment. British Dictionary definitions for immurement 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 immurement 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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