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
Related formsdis·in·ter·ment, noun
First recorded in 1605–15; dis-1
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"Fear so," I answered, "but we'll look;" and painfully we began to disinter him.
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.
But little effort has been made at any time to disinter the city.
You did not tell them to break down a wall and disinter a body?
British Dictionary definitions for disinter
verb -ters, -terring or -terred (tr)
Derived Formsdisinterment, noun
to remove or dig up; exhume
to bring (a secret, hidden facts, etc) to light; expose
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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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