exhume

verb ex·hume \ ig-ˈzüm , igz-ˈyüm , iks-ˈ(h)yüm \
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

Definition of exhume

exhumed; exhuming
transitive verb
1 :disinter
  • exhume a body
2 :to bring back from neglect or obscurity
  • exhumed a great deal of information from the archives

exhumation

play \ˌeks-(h)yü-ˈmā-shən, ˌeg-zü-, ˌegz-yü-\ noun

exhumer

play \ig-ˈzü-mər, igz-ˈyü-, iks-ˈ(h)yü-\ noun

Examples of exhume in a Sentence

  1. the remains of John Paul Jones were exhumed in Paris and transported with great ceremony to the U.S. Naval Academy

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Origin and Etymology of exhume

Middle English, from Medieval Latin exhumare, from Latin ex out of + humus earth — more at ex-, humble

exhume Synonyms

Synonyms
disinter, unearth
Antonyms
bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

EXHUME Defined for English Language Learners

exhume

verb

Definition of exhume for English Language Learners

  • : to remove (a body) from the place where it is buried


Medical Dictionary

exhume

transitive verb ex·hume \ igz-ˈ(y)üm , iks-ˈ(h)yüm \

medical Definition of exhume

exhumed; exhuming
:disinter
  • the body was exhumed for an autopsy

exhumation

play \ˌeks-(h)yü-ˈmā-shən, ˌegz-(y)ü-\ noun


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