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tr.v. im·mured, im·mur·ing, im·mures
1. To confine within or as if within walls; imprison.
2. To build into a wall: immure a shrine.
3. To entomb in a wall.

[Medieval Latin immūrāre : Latin in-, in; see in-2 + Latin mūrus, wall.]

im·mure′ment n.
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Noun1.immurement - the state of being imprisonedimmurement - the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"
confinement - the state of being confined; "he was held in confinement"
durance - imprisonment (especially for a long time)
life imprisonment - a sentence of imprisonment until death
internment - confinement during wartime
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The committee called for immurement in the wording of the arguments from both sides, the differentiation of cases between anti-terrorism and ordinary, the decisiveness of the relief, the sentencing parameters and the status of absconders when pronouncing judgment against the accused.
The latter is obtained especially by immurement of a human being as evidence from the entire world reveals (See Eliade, 2008: 159-161).
We implore them to start little flash mobs or come up with other artistic ideas along the border, like singing a song, making music or painting the wall in order to send a signal against this growing sense of nationalism and this immurement of the world.
Twinned padlocks, moreover, proclaim immurement. The notion of episcopal rule derives from four "stalls" for "monks" on either side of a table, a kind of monastic choir inside the "cage." Though elaborately upholstered in crimson velvet, the seats are stiffly upright, with leg shackles resembling ancient swags.
expect Elysium (they are the only extant pagans), at worst, immurement
John Hope, for one, reexcavated Temple Bruer in Lincolnshire in order to investigate "lurid" claims of immurement by the Templars, (53) and the remarkable Leopold Delisle devoted fully half of his pioneering economic study to printing original inventories, expenditures, and other clerical documents which he and later scholars would use to assess the actual investments and activities of the Order.
(25) Immurement, of course, is a common fate for religious miscreants in Gothic drama and novels; Simmons has a helpful chapter on this topic (141-65).
(6) It narrates the immurement of Rozafa in the castle named in her honor.
What is thus effected, both in Spinoza and in more recent cases, is an immurement in ideological onto-anthropological thought.
This process, modeled on a literary genre, threatens his final immurement in the madness which is life as art.
It is scarcely absolutist (as the interpretation of the poem shows) and makes for a critical intelligence that enhances its socio-cultural participation and repression of intellectual egoism and immurement. Imaginative and intentional sympathies with the author and his art cannot elbow out values that provide "aesthetic distance" required for the interventionist "other" to function.