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[ dis-in-tur ]

verb (used with object)

, dis·in·terred, dis·in·ter·ring.
  1. to take out of the place of interment; exhume; unearth.
  2. to bring from obscurity into view:

    The actor's autobiography disinterred a past era.


/ ˌdɪsɪnˈtɜː /


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

  • ˌdisinˈterment, noun
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Other Words From

  • disin·terment noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of disinter1

First recorded in 1605–15; dis- 1 + inter
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Example Sentences

In 2015, the Pentagon overruled the service and instructed the caskets to be disinterred and identified using the latest DNA technology.

From Time

Turner was disinterred on March 17, 1921, after his family asked that he be sent home.

We wish, in short, to disinter the ‘good’ that lies with these bones.

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy looked on as Pollard began to disinter the president with the backhoe.

He was buried quite properly; and his friends came at the right time to disinter him.

Great was his anxiety when, the national danger over, he came down to disinter his hoard.

Poking about he contrived to disinter from various tins and ice-boxes some cold chicken and biscuits and a bottle of claret.

If we disinter thy body, and cease praying to God for thee, wilt thou be the less damned?

There was nothing for it but to wait till she could somehow or other disinter a fly and a horse, and, worst of all a driver.





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