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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Read more: Notorious gangster John Dillinger will be exhumed from his grave. Kayla Epstein, Washington Post, "The leader of a meth-dealing white supremacist gang escaped from jail with the dummy-in-the-bed trick," 2 Aug. 2019 Indiana health department spokeswoman Jeni O'Malley said that based on the permit, the agency expects Dillinger's body will be exhumed and reinterred on Sept. 16 - the date listed on the document. CBS News, "Exhumation of 1930s gangster John Dillinger may end conspiracy theories, but dig won't be easy," 31 July 2019 The body of John Dillinger, the notorious 1930s bank robber depicted in numerous Hollywood films through the years, will be exhumed from its Indianapolis burial site, the Indiana State Department of Health confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "John Dillinger's Body to Be Exhumed From Indiana Cemetery," 30 July 2019 Indiana health department spokeswoman Jeni O'Malley said that based on the permit, the agency expects Dillinger's body will be exhumed and reinterred on Sept. 16 — the date listed on the document. Rick Callahan, chicagotribune.com, "Body of slain 1930s gangster John Dillinger to be exhumed in Indiana," 30 July 2019 Dillinger's body will be exhumed and reinterred by September 16 at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, according to the permit. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Gangster John Dillinger's body will be exhumed from an Indiana cemetery," 30 July 2019 Authorities subsequently investigated hundreds of deaths, exhuming bodies of former patients. David Rising, USA TODAY, "85 patient murders: Germany's worst serial killer, nurse Niels Hoegel, gets life sentence," 6 June 2019 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

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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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