exhume

verb
ex·​hume | \ ig-ˈzüm How to pronounce exhume (audio) , igz-ˈyüm, iks-ˈ(h)yüm\
exhumed; exhuming

Definition of exhume

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from exhume

exhumation \ ˌeks-​(h)yü-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce exhumation (audio) , ˌeg-​zü-​ , ˌegz-​yü-​ \ noun
exhumer \ ig-​ˈzü-​mər How to pronounce exhumer (audio) , igz-​ˈyü-​ , iks-​ˈ(h)yü-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for exhume

Synonyms

disinter, unearth

Antonyms

bury, entomb, inhume, inter, tomb

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Examples of exhume in a Sentence

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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The family managed to have his body exhumed for an autopsy in 2009. Eva Vergara, USA TODAY, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara after 1973 coup," 5 July 2018 The family managed to have his body exhumed for an autopsy in 2009. Eva Vergara, USA TODAY, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara after 1973 coup," 5 July 2018 The family managed to have his body exhumed for an autopsy in 2009. Eva Vergara, chicagotribune.com, "Ex-soldiers convicted of killing Chilean singer Victor Jara," 4 July 2018 More than 30,000 victims from Spain’s 1936-1939 civil war are also buried in the monument, many of whom were exhumed in 1959 and transferred to the Valley of the Fallen’s crypts without their families’ knowledge or consent. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain’s Parliament Approves Exhumation of Franco," 13 Sep. 2018 Emison and others believe exhuming the body could lead to a murder weapon. Adrian Sainz, Fox News, "APNewsBreak: 1940 civil rights worker slaying case reopened," 9 Aug. 2018 The Army will bear the expense of exhuming, transporting and interring the bodies, according to the Native American Boarding School Coalition and Sam. Ben Hohenstatt, The Seattle Times, "Tlingit storyteller on a mission to reinter Alaska Native remains," 24 Nov. 2018 In May 2016, university officials established a consortium to exhume the remains and study them. Washington Post, "Estimated 7,000 bodies may be buried at former asylum," 23 May 2018 War victims from both sides were exhumed in 1959, taken to Franco’s work-in-progress and then reburied, many without their families’ knowledge. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "Spain’s Plan to Exhume Franco Unearths Divisions," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of exhume

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exhume

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

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exhume

verb

English Language Learners Definition of exhume

formal : to remove (a body) from the place where it is buried
ex·​hume | \ igz-ˈ(y)üm How to pronounce exhume (audio) , iks-ˈ(h)yüm How to pronounce exhume (audio) \
exhumed; exhuming

Medical Definition of exhume

: disinter the body was exhumed for an autopsy

Other Words from exhume

exhumation \ ˌeks-​(h)yü-​ˈmā-​shən How to pronounce exhumation (audio) , ˌegz-​(y)ü-​ How to pronounce exhumation (audio) \ noun

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