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

Synonyms & Antonyms for disinter

Synonyms

exhume, unearth

Antonyms

bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

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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

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In early 897, Pope Stephen VI and Lambert ordered that Formosus’s corpse be disinterred and brought to San Giovanni in Laterano for the proceedings. National Geographic, "In 897, the corpse of a pope was exhumed—to be put on trial.," 20 Aug. 2019 In early July, health department officials approved a request from Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to disinter the body and return it to its Crown Hill Cemetery site by Sept. 16, spokeswoman Megan Wade-Taxter told THR. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Dillinger's Body to Be Exhumed From Indiana Cemetery," 30 July 2019 Even as Lemonade disinters the pain wrought by Jay-Z’s infidelity, Beyoncé yokes her fate to his. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Do Beyoncé Fans Have to Forgive Jay-Z?," 18 June 2018 Their bodies were disinterred and brought to New Cathedral as a central resting place, replacing separate church yards around Baltimore. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Jacques Kelly: New Cathedral is resting place for notable Baltimoreans, and small flock of Orioles greats," 14 Apr. 2018 Ness also found paperwork showing that 11 bodies were disinterred from Mater Dolorosa in 1982 and reburied at the cemetery at St. Boniface Church. OregonLive.com, "A cemetery in Oregon was removed. What became of the bodies? (Commentary)," 27 Jan. 2018 The presence of the remains of her body calls into question the propriety of presenting disinterred remains as art in ways the disembodied portraits don't. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Egyptian death-mask portraits bring their subjects back to life after 2,000 years," 23 Jan. 2018 In early July, health department officials approved a request from Dillinger's nephew, Michael C. Thompson, to disinter the body and return it to its Crown Hill Cemetery site by Sept. 16, spokeswoman Megan Wade-Taxter told THR. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Dillinger's Body to Be Exhumed From Indiana Cemetery," 30 July 2019 In August 2018, remains thought to be Woods were disinterred from the Punchbowl and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "MIA for nearly 70 years, the remains of an Ohio soldier are coming home," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of disinter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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disinter

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disinter

formal : to take (a body) out of a grave or tomb : to dig up (a body)

disinter

transitive verb
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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