un·​bur·​ied | \ ˌən-ˈber-ēd How to pronounce unburied (audio) , -ˈbe-rēd also -ˈbər-ēd \

Definition of unburied

: not placed into the ground : not buried an unburied corpse

Examples of unburied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists found 27 unburied bodies of women, men, and children sprawled at the scene of that prehistoric massacre. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "Is the world becoming more violent?," 10 Jan. 2020 Bodies remained unburied and rats ran in the streets. Lee Edwards, National Review, "Three Nations That Tried Socialism and Rejected It," 14 Oct. 2019 One is left unburied by decree of her vindictive uncle, who’s now king. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: Social history comes alive in 'The Ballad of Bimini Baths,' 'Ripe Frenzy' and 'Antigone'," 18 May 2018 Next year is the centennial of the Russian Revolution, and while the country will undoubtedly find many ways to mark the occasion, the unburied bones of its deposed ruling family present a dilemma. Simon Sebag Montefiore, Town & Country, "The Devastating True Story of the Romanov Family's Execution," 5 Oct. 2016 About a thousand miles away in the Ituri region, on the other side of the Democratic Republic of Congo, people fleeing a massacre climb out of boats and wade ashore, their homes burned to the ground, their dead unburied. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "Violence is roiling the Democratic Republic of Congo. Some human rights authorities suggest it's a strategy to keep the president in power," 12 Apr. 2018 After his arrest Eggers led police to the missing woman's unburied body, which still was underneath the tree limb, in a wooded area in northwest Walker County. Ivana Hrynkiw, AL.com, "Live updates: Michael Eggers executed Thursday for slaying of Talladega woman in 2000," 15 Oct. 2017 With minimal protection from fallout and no medical treatment for other trauma, many died, their bodies left unburied for several weeks. Nan Randall, The Atlantic, "'Charlottesville': A Government-Commissioned Story About Nuclear War," 25 Jan. 2018 Anyway, improbably enough, my garden box sits right in the center of the yard, like an unburied casket — not an entirely inapt metaphor considering my morbid agricultural past. Geoff Kirsch, Alaska Dispatch News, "Reflections from an improbable gardener in Juneau," 29 July 2017

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unburied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburied. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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