Examples of immure in a sentence
<scientists at the research station in Alaska are immured by the frozen wastelands that surround them>
<immured by a controlling, possessive mother, the young woman had no outside social life>
Did You Know?
Like "mural," "immure" comes from "murus," a Latin noun that means "wall." "Immurare," a Medieval Latin verb, was formed from "murus" and the prefix in- (meaning "in" or "within"). "Immure," which first appeared in English in the late 16th century, literally means "to wall in" or "to enclose with a wall," but it has extended meanings as well. In addition to senses meaning "imprison" and "entomb," the word sometimes has broader applications, essentially meaning "to shut in" or "to confine." One might remark, for example, that a very studious acquaintance spends most of her time "immured in the library" or that a withdrawn teenager "immures himself in his bedroom every night."
Origin and Etymology of immure
Medieval Latin immurare, from Latin in- + murus wall — more at munition
First Known Use: 1583
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