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 Hospitals have experienced shortages of oxygen and beds, COVID-19 patients have spent days in the streets waiting to be admitted to hospitals, and the bodies of deceased COVID-19 patients have gone unburied. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 July 2021 Archaeologists have previously discovered victims of natural disasters whose still-shackled bodies were left unburied, but this does not appear to be the case with the Great Casterton man. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 June 2021 Left behind at Bergen-Belsen were 13,000 unburied bodies. Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2021 Afterward, unburied skeletons littered the landscape. National Geographic, 19 Nov. 2020 Scientists found 27 unburied bodies of women, men, and children sprawled at the scene of that prehistoric massacre. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, 10 Jan. 2020 Bodies remained unburied and rats ran in the streets. Lee Edwards, National Review, 14 Oct. 2019 One is left unburied by decree of her vindictive uncle, who’s now king. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, 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, 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of unburied

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 24 Sep. 2021.

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