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  • adj. Not placed in a coffin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not furnished with a coffin; not put into a coffin.


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un- +‎ coffined


  • Those who died first were coffined by their dying friends; a row of coffins was found, in the spring, each with a man in it; two men uncoffined, side by side, were dead upon the floor.

    The North-West Passage

  • They were in a narrow cavern of brown, wood-scented darkness, with a dim focus of light before them, that shone on an empty coffin and an uncoffined body, and just showed them the rough outlines of the two prayer-desks drawn up side by side at a little distance from the catafalque.

    A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • I tried two more funeral establishments and was told substantially the same thing: cremation of an uncoffined body is prohibited under California law.

    The Undertaker's Racket

  • Finding no reference to an uncoffined body, I checked with an officer of the Board of Health, who told me there is no law in California requiring that a coffin be used when a body is cremated.

    The Undertaker's Racket

  • They are not only in graveyards, where "mossy marbles rest"; they are strewn, "unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown," over the whole surface of the globe, and lie embosomed in the gulfs of the great, restless ocean.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866

  • When a Jew was buried in Tetuan, the uncoffined body, wrapped in sheets on a wooden bier, might only be borne out of the city by the

    In the Tail of the Peacock

  • But no pen has recorded the numbers of the forlorn and starving who perished by the wayside or in the ditches, or of the mournful groups, sometimes of whole families, who lay down and died, one after another, upon the floor of their miserable cabins, and so remained uncoffined and unburied, till chance unveiled the appalling scene.

    The History of the Great Irish Famine of 1847 (3rd ed.) (1902) With Notices of Earlier Irish Famines

  • Your churches will be shut, and the relics of the holy saints will be laid in ashes, the priests will not give prayers nor the Church its holy offices; and the dead shall lie uncoffined, for no prayers may be said over them.

    King Arthur's Knights The Tales Re-told for Boys & Girls

  • These were found, uncoffined, and buried at a very slight depth below the surface.

    The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1

  • The man who had died to save Rachel he could not bury uncoffined in a grave of sand, where the natural processes of dissolution would destroy him utterly.

    The Yoke A Romance of the Days when the Lord Redeemed the Children of Israel from the Bondage of Egypt


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