Definition of immure in English:



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

    ‘her brother was immured in a lunatic asylum’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, yes, they go off and they find that these people have been immured in these caves until death.’
    • ‘In contrast, White often found reforming local priests ‘less radical because they were far more deeply immured in the reality of their country.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are, indeed, truly immured in our colonial past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring.’
    • ‘The wind had shut it as if intent on immuring her infant from all calamities.’
    • ‘The country house is immured in said country, with no real society for miles.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The thought of immuring them in concrete, although an idea originated by the director, really appealed to me.’
    • ‘Erika, meanwhile, immures herself in the mansion.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’.