[ ih-myoo r ]
/ ɪˈmyʊər /

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, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + -mūrāre, verbal derivative of mūrus wall (cf. mural)

Related forms

im·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for immurement

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

  • At the conclusion of this half century's immurement what would the world say to the Polish composer's music?

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

British Dictionary definitions for immurement


/ (ɪˈmjʊə) /

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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