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.

Origin of disinter

First recorded in 1605–15; dis-1 + inter
Related formsdis·in·ter·ment, noun
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verb -ters, -terring or -terred (tr)
  1. to remove or dig up; exhume
  2. to bring (a secret, hidden facts, etc) to light; expose
Derived Formsdisinterment, noun
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1610s, from French désenterrer (15c.), from dés- (see dis-) + enterrer "to inter" (see inter). Related: Disinterred.

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