verb (used with object), dis·in·terred, dis·in·ter·ring.

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 formsdis·in·ter·ment, noun
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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

British Dictionary definitions for disinter


verb -ters, -terring or -terred (tr)

to remove or dig up; exhume
to bring (a secret, hidden facts, etc) to light; expose
Derived Formsdisinterment, 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.

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