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[in-hyoom or, often, -yoom]
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verb (used with object), in·humed, in·hum·ing.
  1. to bury; inter.
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Origin of inhume

1610–20; < Medieval Latin inhumāre, equivalent to Latin in- in-2 + -humāre, derivative of humus earth (see humus); cf. exhume
Related formsin·hu·ma·tion, nounin·hum·er, nounun·in·humed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for inhumation

Historical Examples

  • With the above brief references to inhumation, let us leave the subject.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The inhumation of the dead is entirely unpractised in Tibet.

  • The loosened dirt then fell in at the sides, completing the inhumation.

    The Forgotten Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • These sepultures are some by incineration, others by inhumation.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2

    Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.

  • He identified the change from 57cremation to inhumation with that from heathenism to Christianity.

British Dictionary definitions for inhumation


  1. (tr) to inter; bury
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Derived Formsinhumation, nouninhumer, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin inhumāre, from in- ² + humus ground
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Word Origin and History for inhumation


1630s, noun of action from Latin inhumare (see inhume).

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c.1600 (implied in inhumed), from Latin inhumare "to bury," literally "to put into the ground," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + humus "earth, soil" (see humus).

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