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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Related Words for disinterred

unearth, expose, disentomb

Examples from the Web for disinterred

Contemporary Examples of disinterred

Historical Examples of disinterred

  • You should have heard the disinterred body of Mr. Kurtz saying, 'My Intended.'

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • All the specimens of this group were disinterred from the ruins of this fort.

  • During the succeeding days many were disinterred by other shells.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • We photographed him from all angles, after which he was disinterred and exposed to full view.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • When disinterred, the body was reported free from all corruption.

British Dictionary definitions for disinterred


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 disinterred



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

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