Definition of immure in English:



  • Enclose or confine (someone) against their will.

    ‘her brother was immured in a lunatic asylum’
    • ‘There was ‘not the slightest sign of his becoming immured in his own work, as happens to so many creative artists‘.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The wind had shut it as if intent on immuring her infant from all calamities.’
    • ‘So long as you are not actually ill, hungry, frightened or immured in a prison or a holiday camp, spring is still spring.’
    • ‘Its purpose was to immure the emperor, protecting him from the gaze of the common people, who were forbidden from entering.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Erika, meanwhile, immures herself in the mansion.’
    • ‘We are, indeed, truly immured in our colonial past.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The country house is immured in said country, with no real society for miles.’
    • ‘The thought of immuring them in concrete, although an idea originated by the director, really appealed to me.’
    • ‘Release from the nunnery can sometimes prove to be provisional, and now she has immured herself in another cloister.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In contrast, White often found reforming local priests ‘less radical because they were far more deeply immured in the reality of their country.’’
    • ‘Being immured in prison has not left me with much to do.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘He's able to create and be creative without immuring himself in a kind of misery.’
    confine, intern, shut up, lock up, incarcerate, imprison, jail, put away, put behind bars, put under lock and key, hold captive, hold prisoner
    coop up, mew up, fence in, wall in, close in
    detain, keep, hold, trap
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Late 16th century: from French emmurer or medieval Latin immurare, from in- in + murus wall.