Word of The Day for Tuesday, January 25, 2011


im•mure (ih-MYOOR)  v

1. to confine within or as if within walls; imprison
2. to put or bury within a wall or build into a wall
3. to surround with walls; wall; fortify; protect

immured past participle; immured past tense; immuring present participle; immures 3rd person singular present; immurement, immuration noun

1575–85; from M.L. immurare, lit. "to shut up within walls," from L. in- "in" + murus "wall"

Synonyms: confine, cloister, entomb, imprison, incarcerate, jail, seclude, wall
Related Words: mural, intermural, intramural

Sentence Examples:
• He voluntarily left Paris to immure himself in his native town of Aix, there to work out in peace long-planned projects, which would, he believed, revolutionise the technique of painting. -Promenades of an Impressionist, James Huneker

• She knew, or thought she knew, that persecution could not go now beyond the work of the tongue. No priest could immure her. No law could touch her because she was minded to marry a Jew. -Nina Balatka, Anthony Trollope

• After six weeks’ careful treatment Don Juan was perfectly cured, and could use his eye as well as he did previous to his accident. Nevertheless, to my great regret, the Captain still continued to immure himself; his re-appearance in society, which he had forsaken for more than a year, would have produced an immense sensation, and I should have been considered the first doctor in the Philippines.  -Adventures in the Philippine Islands, Paul P. de La Gironière

The Storyline
Each piece, each affront, each shock was another wall that immured her in an invisible prison. And she felt claustrophobic and confined.

Sources: Wordnik, Online Etymology

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