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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 immured
Historical Examples
  • The priestly agent, after craven prayers for his life, was immured for a time in a cloister.

  • We shall be immured there, and at the mercy of that man, that monster!

    The Free Lances Mayne Reid
  • The lovely bride of the colonel was also immured in the dungeons of the same establishment.

    Holiday Romance Charles Dickens
  • Send us back into our city, and keep us there immured until we have perished of hunger.

  • It impressed him that here might be the judgment of a just God—Zoraida immured for all time in the heart of ancient Mexico.

    Daughter of the Sun Jackson Gregory
  • Fly to the prince; he too has immured himself in his apartment.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • In the case of Gertrude Warrener, it was indeed a tomb in which she awakened, and she did not know that she had been immured.

  • She is therefore a prisoner, as immured as a goddess in her temple.

    The Industries of Animals Frdric Houssay
  • She smiled, she breathed vigorously, as if she were relieved of the enormous weight which had so long crushed and immured her.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • But Mary is so immured, that heretofore it hath been impossible to gain access to her.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
British Dictionary definitions for immured

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 immured

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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