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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After the ninth body was exhumed, the recovery team waited for people with missing relatives to come examine and identify the day’s disinterred. Raja Abdulrahim, WSJ, "To Rebuild a Syrian City, Men First Dig Up and Rebury the Dead," 26 Oct. 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 My grandfather submitted a DNA sample that confirmed the brother’s remains, still intact other than the fatal bullet entry wound in the skull, which were exhumed and ceremoniously interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Denver. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Aquavit, and Why Are They Suddenly Making Scandinavian Booze in Colorado?," 24 Feb. 2019 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 If a mass grave is eventually discovered, DeSantis said, the committee would likely ask that remains be exhumed and reburied on consecrated ground. Washington Post, "Ground-penetrating radar in hunt for dead in racial massacre," 17 May 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, 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

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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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