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immure

[ih-myoo r] /ɪˈmyʊər/
verb (used with object), immured, immuring.
1.
to enclose within walls.
2.
to shut in; seclude or confine.
3.
to imprison.
4.
to build into or entomb in a wall.
5.
Obsolete. to surround with walls; fortify.
Origin of immure
1575-1585
1575-85; < Medieval Latin immūrāre, equivalent to Latin im- im-1 + -mūrāre, verbal derivative of mūrus wall (cf. mural)
Related forms
immurement, immuration
[im-yuh-rey-shuh n] /ˌɪm yəˈreɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
noun
self-immurement, noun
self-immuring, adjective
unimmured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for immure
Historical Examples
  • Kings themselves were wont thus to immure the wives and daughters of defeated rebels.

  • You, who are so gay, so full of life and health and exuberant spirits, immure yourself in a cloister!

    Which? Ernest Daudet
  • The Eastern monarch may immure himself in his harem, casting the burdens of state upon the shoulders of a grand vizier.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • The Resurrection Man entered first, and advanced into the middle of a small arched cell—a stone tomb, built to immure the living!

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • Some of the consignees were mobbed, and all were obliged to fly to the castle, and there immure themselves.

  • It was customary at that period to immure prisoners in solitary confinement.

  • It never forged a chain to bind a heretic or an adversary, nor erected a prison to immure him.

  • Such a trick of fate, to take a man of important affairs, and immure him at the mercy of a maniac in a God-forsaken coal-town!

    King Coal Upton Sinclair
  • "Load them with heavy fetters and immure them in a dungeon," said Governor Jefferson.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • Have they not forced him to immure himself here in the hills, when he should by rights be reigning in Rome?

British Dictionary definitions for immure

immure

/ɪˈmjʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
(archaic or literary) to enclose within or as if within walls; imprison
2.
to shut (oneself) away from society
3.
(obsolete) to build into or enclose within a wall
Derived Forms
immurement, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall
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Word Origin and History for immure
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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