Definition of immure in English:



[with object]
  • Enclose or confine (someone) against their will.

    ‘her brother was immured in a lunatic asylum’
    • ‘It struck me strange that my mother from whose loving hands I had partaken many a sumptuous meal had been immured in the kitchen confines all along.’
    • ‘Also, the genre has become so immured in an Anglo-American nostalgia for a European past that it's refreshing to find a non-Eurocentric example of an alternate-world fantasy novel.’
    • ‘It makes no sense to ask whether a particular security system is effective or not - otherwise you'd all be wearing bulletproof vests and staying immured in your home.’
    • ‘There were but two filo triangles, which made sharing among three a bit tricky, but the bay scallops immured within the flaky pastry were so big you could split one between two people and neither would feel too cheated.’
    • ‘We are, indeed, truly immured in our colonial past.’
    • ‘So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring.’
    • ‘The thought of immuring them in concrete, although an idea originated by the director, really appealed to me.’
    • ‘The country house is immured in said country, with no real society for miles.’
    • ‘The angry, obsessive, maddened father's reaction to this disaster is to immure her and her mother in their house, building more and more partition walls around them until finally they are imprisoned on a bed in a tiny space.’
    • ‘Its purpose was to immure the emperor, protecting him from the gaze of the common people, who were forbidden from entering.’
    • ‘The unfortunate animal is immured in a box that also contains a radioactive source with a 50-50 chance of decaying within the next hour.’
    • ‘Erika, meanwhile, immures herself in the mansion.’
    • ‘‘I longed sadly for some gaiety’, she wrote to her uncle Leopold at 16, ‘but we have been for the last three months immured within our old palace.’’
    • ‘Well, yes, they go off and they find that these people have been immured in these caves until death.’
    • ‘He's able to create and be creative without immuring himself in a kind of misery.’
    • ‘Release from the nunnery can sometimes prove to be provisional, and now she has immured herself in another cloister.’
    • ‘There was ‘not the slightest sign of his becoming immured in his own work, as happens to so many creative artists‘.’
    • ‘Being immured in prison has not left me with much to do.’
    • ‘The wind had shut it as if intent on immuring her infant from all calamities.’
    • ‘In contrast, White often found reforming local priests ‘less radical because they were far more deeply immured in the reality of their country.’’
    confine, intern, shut up, lock up, incarcerate, imprison, jail, put away, put behind bars, put under lock and key, hold captive, hold prisoner
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Late 16th century: from French emmurer or medieval Latin immurare, from in- ‘in’ + murus ‘wall’.