[ dis-in-tur ]
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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

Other words from disinter

  • dis·in·ter·ment, noun

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How to use disinter in a sentence

  • He disinterred the treasure, and with impetuous liberality made us sharers in his fortune.

    Picture and Text | Henry James
  • They restored it, and disinterred the writings left (by the pious obedience of Xisuthros) in Shurippak, the city of the Sun.

    Mythical Monsters | Charles Gould
  • Vandyke is said to have disinterred Dobson from a garret, and recommended him to the king.

    Haunted London | Walter Thornbury

British Dictionary definitions for disinter


/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈtɜː) /

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 forms of disinter

  • disinterment, noun

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