disinter

verb
dis·​in·​ter | \ ˌdis-in-ˈtər How to pronounce disinter (audio) \
disinterred; disinterring; disinters

Definition of disinter

transitive verb

1 : to take out of the grave or tomb
2 : to bring back into awareness or prominence also : to bring to light : unearth

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Other Words from disinter

disinterment \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈtər-​mənt How to pronounce disinterment (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disinter in a Sentence

The body was disinterred for further study. the Egyptian mummy was carefully disinterred in hopes that it would yield secrets about the Old Kingdom
Recent Examples on the Web Cry of the undead As illustrated by the story of Arnold Paole, popular belief held that to kill a vampire, the corpse had to be disinterred and pierced with a stake. Oscar Urbiola, National Geographic, "How did 18th-century vampire hunters identify the undead? Blood and fingernails," 29 Oct. 2019 Those remains were then buried at two cemeteries, but disinterred in September 1947 and moved to the Central Identification Laboratory by the staff of the American Graves Registration Service. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Remains of Navy veteran killed in Pearl Harbor back in Alabama," 17 Oct. 2019 By that point, locals had already disinterred the bones and deposited them into an ossuary alongside other sets of remains. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Dublin Wants to Reclaim James Joyce’s Body Before the Centenary of ‘Ulysses’," 21 Oct. 2019 Those remains were then buried at two cemeteries, but disinterred in September 1947 and moved to the Central Identification Laboratory by the staff of the American Graves Registration Service. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Remains of Navy veteran killed in Pearl Harbor back in Alabama," 17 Oct. 2019 Michael Thompson, Dillinger's nephew, submitted an application to the Indiana State Department of Health for a permit to disinter the grave underneath Dillinger's headstone, according to documents obtained by CNN affiliate WXIN. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Indiana approves plan to exhume John Dillinger's grave on New Year's Eve," 4 Oct. 2019 Officials disinterred her grave in the early 1990s, and then-state Medical Examiner Wayne Carver changed her death certificate to identify her as Eleanor Cook. Steven Goode, courant.com, "The medical examiner will exhume two bodies from the Hartford Circus Fire, but finding DNA samples so they can be identified won’t be easy," 22 Sep. 2019 New evidence disinterred in March may raise the fatality count above 80. New York Times, "In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Depicts a Real-Life House of Horrors," 14 July 2019 Marion County court records indicate that Michael Thompson filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Crown Hill to be able to disinter and reinter the body. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Crown Hill Cemetery says it objects to John Dillinger's exhumation," 22 June 2016

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First Known Use of disinter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disinter was in 1611

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“Disinter.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinter?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=d&file=disint05. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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disinter

verb
How to pronounce disinter (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of disinter

formal : to take (a body) out of a grave or tomb : to dig up (a body)
dis·​in·​ter | \ ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈtər How to pronounce disinter (audio) \

Medical Definition of disinter

: to take out of the grave or tomb

Other Words from disinter

disinterment \ -​mənt How to pronounce disinterment (audio) \ noun

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