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Tuesday, July 16, 2002


\ih-MYUR\ , verb;
To enclose within walls, or as if within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
To build into a wall.
To entomb in a wall.
Not surprisingly, Sally shuddered at the thought of being immured in the black cave, to die slowly and hopelessly, far below the sunny hillside.
-- Peter Pierce, "The Fiction of Gabrielle Lord", Australian Literary Studies, October 1999
True, there was a Mughal emperor in Delhi until 1857, but he was emperor in name only, the shadow of a memory, described by Lord Macaulay as 'a mock sovereign immured in a gorgeous state prison'.
-- Anthony Read, The Proudest Day
When I tried to think clearly about this, I felt that my mind was immured, that it couldn't expand in any direction.
-- Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon
Immured by privilege in a way of life that offered little scope, army wives were often enfeebled by boredom.
-- Frances Spalding, Duncan Grant: A Biography
Immure comes from Medieval Latin immurare, from Latin in-, "in" + murus, "wall." It is related to mural, a painting applied to a wall.
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