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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Definitions for immure

  1. to shut in; seclude or confine.
  2. to enclose within walls.
  3. to imprison.

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Citations for immure
For nature leaves us free and untrammelled; it is we who bind ourselves confine ourselves, immure ourselves, herd ourselves into cramped and sordid quarters. Plutarch (46–120 A.D.), "On Exile," Moralia, translated by Phillip H. De Lacy and Benedict Einarson, 1959
I shall enter at the same gate through which I came with my mother, when after my father's death, she left that delightful retreat to immure herself in your melancholy town. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), The Sorrows of Young Werther, translated by Thomas Carlyle and R. D. Boylan, 1902
Origin of immure
Immure comes from Medieval Latin immūrāre, a derivative of the noun mūrus "wall." It entered English in the late 1500s.