American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove from a grave; disinter.
- v. To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To dig out of the earth, as something, especially a dead body, which has been buried; disinter.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.
- v. dig up for reburial or for medical investigation; of dead bodies
- Latin ex and humāre ("to bury") (Wiktionary)
- French exhumer, from Medieval Latin exhumāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His uncollected journalism can "exhume" the social good that Jack London did.”
“He said in the event of a proper burial being impractical - such as in the case of a mine disaster - traditional healers could be called in to "exhume" the lost spirits.”
“Bozo The Neoclown says: ten bucks says pattycakes would fellate saint ronnie if we were to exhume to corpse.”
“Bozo The Neoclown says: perhaps as a “half-time show” they can exhume the remains of charlie heston and pry the gun from his “cold, dead hands” on the stairs of the capitol?”
“Alternately re-creating daily life and picking, brick by symbolic brick, at the abundant archaeological and psychological detritus, she proceeds to exhume, analyze, and reconstitute the time and place in a manner pleasing to traditionalists, revisionists, and inevitabilists alike.”
“United States was allowed to exhume his remains, but for decades they lay in Hawaii as an unknown soldier.”
“And if Carter's gone back to the dismal years 1977-80 to exhume diary material, what comes next?”
“The title song, with lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was recorded by a number of big bands at the time, but the only singers to exhume it over the years were scholarly inclined divas like Barbara Lea and Marlene VerPlanck.”
“Next spring, forensic anthropologists will exhume the row of chancel graves, which might contain the remains of the fort's first minister or Sir Ferdinando Wenman, a knight who arrived in 1610 to rally the fort's starving few and aid the colony's historic turnaround.”
“Peterson's third wife Kathleen was found drowned in a bathtub, and although her death was initially ruled as accidental, Stacy's suspicious disappearance later prompted authorities to exhume Kathleen's body.”
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