Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
References in periodicals archive ?
Antigone may be a work of great beauty and moral definition but it is also a play of human savagery, incest, fratricide, live immurement in a cave, and triple suicide.
In a final instance of metaphor making, Larrain fixes the camera's inexorable stare for six minutes on a Poe-like act of immurement.
This process, modeled on a literary genre, threatens his final immurement in the madness which is life as art.
The tenth--and eleventh-century Wiborda vitae, with their collocation of incest accusations and the saint's resulting choice of anchoritic immurement, come most strikingly to mind.
Kadare explores the symbolism of the bridge spanning a river called "Wicked Waters" in great detail, but he also alters the powerful myths of foundation sacrifice through immurement to investigate the nature of the modern era of capitalism.