immure

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

immurement, immuration [im-yuh-rey-shuhn] , noun
self-immurement, noun
self-immuring, adjective
unimmured, adjective
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immure (ɪˈmjʊə)
 
vb
1.  archaic, literary or 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
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin immūrāre, from Latin im- (in) + mūrus a wall]
 
im'murement
 
n

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immure
1583, from M.L. immurare, lit. "to shut up within walls," from L. in- "in" + murus "wall" (see mural)
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Immured by privilege in a way of life that offered little scope, army wives were often enfeebled by boredom.
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