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[dis-in-tur] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), disinterred, disinterring.
to take out of the place of interment; exhume; unearth.
to bring from obscurity into view:
The actor's autobiography disinterred a past era.
Origin of disinter
First recorded in 1605-15; dis-1 + inter
Related forms
disinterment, noun Unabridged
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  • "Fear so," I answered, "but we'll look;" and painfully we began to disinter him.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • He had sought to get permission to disinter the treasure, and had not succeeded.

  • He bade Hubert disinter them all; and pretended to recognize each one.

    Robin Hood Paul Creswick
  • But little effort has been made at any time to disinter the city.

    Naples Past and Present Arthur H. Norway
  • You did not tell them to break down a wall and disinter a body?

    My Own Story Emmeline Pankhurst
  • Just precisely what happened after that has been the most impossible thing to disinter.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • That threatened to spoil the visit for Mary and even to disinter the hatchet!

    The Story of a Pioneer Anna Howard Shaw
  • He could not disinter himself—it seemed like that—under the eyes of Balthasar.

    Bunker Bean

    Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for disinter


verb (transitive) -ters, -terring, -terred
to remove or dig up; exhume
to bring (a secret, hidden facts, etc) to light; expose
Derived Forms
disinterment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinter

1610s, from French désenterrer (15c.), from dés- (see dis-) + enterrer "to inter" (see inter). Related: Disinterred.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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