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


disinter, unearth


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 Indiana State Department of Health approved a permit sought by Dillinger’s nephew to have the body exhumed from Crown Hill Cemetery and reinterred there. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 However, once the bodies were exhumed the caskets were present in each of the three graves. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Second arrest made in abuse of corpse case at Mobile cemetery," 28 June 2019 The 4Runner drives like a bag of rocks pulled by a Clydesdale that was recently exhumed from the Pet Semetary. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the 2019 Toyota 4Runner Defies Rationality," 29 May 2019 In March, Iraq and the U.N. began exhuming graves in the village of Kocho, where Islamic State militants are believed to have massacred hundreds of Yazidis in August 2014. Washington Post, "Iraq begins examining Yazidi mass graves remains," 10 June 2019 The location is a few hundred yards from where the remains of seven former students exhumed in 2015 were recently reburied. Jim Turner, orlandosentinel.com, "Search for more remains resumes in July at notorious Dozier School for Boys in Marianna," 21 June 2019 State Chief Medical Examiner James Gill had submitted the request to Hardy in April seeking a court order to exhume the bodies of two female victims, and Hardy took the next step by filing a motion seeking a judge’s permission to do so. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Judge delays ruling in efforts to identify unknown victims of 1944 Hartford Circus Fire," 17 June 2019 Iraq’s Yazidi minority, the target of a genocidal campaign by Islamic State, complains Baghdad isn’t doing enough to exhume or at least preserve mass graves as evidence of the crimes committed against them. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Syria Unearths ISIS Mass Graves Near Iraqi Border," 13 Dec. 2018 The amendments to Spain's Historical Memory Law of 2007 grant the government power to exhume Franco's body. Fox News, "Spain sets in motion plan to dig up former dictator Franco," 24 Aug. 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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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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