un·​bur·​ied ˌən-ˈber-ēd How to pronounce unburied (audio)
 also  -ˈbər-ēd
: not placed into the ground : not buried
an unburied corpse

Examples of unburied in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For a society in need of those minerals, the nodules are unburied treasure, sitting right there on the sea floor ready to be collected. Dino Grandoni, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 Some researchers contend that pre-agricultural human societies were peaceful, but there’s growing evidence to the contrary: For example, at Nataruk, a 10,000-year-old site in Kenya, at least 27 individuals were left unburied, exposed to the elements. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 31 Mar. 2016 Even the miniseries' middling stretches effectively conjure an America of hidden worlds and ruined civilizations, full of secret passageways and fresh unburied corpses. Darren Franich, EW.com, 4 May 2021 But in the original winter of discontent, as trash piled up on the streets and bodies lay unburied amid strikes, the public lost sympathy for workers. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2023 Bus stops along roads maintained by the city are largely unburied — if not pristinely plowed. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Jan. 2023 Excavations in 2014 on the Swedish island of Öland revealed the bones of victims who were left unburied and unburned. Byandrew Curry, science.org, 5 Jan. 2023 Israel houses the unburied bodies of 111 Palestinians, 16 of them from Jenin, according to detailed records shared with The Times by the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center, an independent Palestinian rights watchdog. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 25 Nov. 2022 Despite the further confirmation, Alexei and his sister remain unburied. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 19 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unburied was before the 12th century

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“Unburied.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unburied. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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