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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In particular, I was stimulated to exhume a cutting from the Daily Telegraph of 23 October 1980.
▪ They relented when it was explained that the alternative was to exhume the bodies of other relatives.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Exhume \Ex*hume"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exhumedp. pr. & vb. n.. Exhuming.] [LL. exhumare; L. ex out + humus ground, soil: cf. F. exhumer. See Humble.] To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., from Medieval Latin exhumare "to unearth" (13c.), from Latin ex- "out of" (see ex-) + humare "bury," from humus "earth" (see chthonic). An alternative form was exhumate (1540s), taken directly from Medieval Latin. Figurative use by 1819. Related: Exhumed; exhuming.\n


vb. 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 [syn: disinter]

Usage examples of "exhume".

Chaldeo-Babylonian edition, which the lamented George Smith was the first to decipher on the cuneiform tablets exhumed at Nineveh, and now in the British Museum.

The inquest on the exhumed body of Cora McCanley, which had been held on the day following the exhumation, had resulted in a verdict of murder by person or persons unknown, although a small but rowdy school of thought, not in our own village of Saltmarsh, but in Much and Little Hartley and the purlieus of Lower Bossingbury, were of the strong opinion that poor Bob was the culprit here as well, and had all three murders to his account.

When the medieval wise men decided to exhume Zita because of all the miracles associated with her, they were amazed to find that her body was completely intact, without a trace of decay.

He needed a fresh murder site, where the bodies were still in place, where the heat of the violence could ease down into the deepest levels of his being, where the maelstrom of his unique Ash Ock subconsciousness could exhume a true picture of the brutality.

He had exhumed his pipe and was pretending to puff on it in deference to all the new antismoking rules.

Richard Stallman, had ordered two bodies exhumed for additional autopsies in November.

Of all the pre-adamite whales yet exhumed, by far the largest is the Alabama one mentioned in the last chapter, and that was less than seventy feet in length in the skeleton.

I want to make perfectly clear that the two bodies exhumed at Cadillac were nothing more than a failsafe precaution, an acknowledgment that certain persons have been raising issues about this office which are so completely unjustified that the best answer seemed to be to double-check our own work.

And to-day the people gathered in gloomy silence while the great bell of the campanile tolled the call to the solemn funeral pageant by which the Republic offered reparation over the exhumed body of the victim.

Exhume, scatter to the winds, drink of the corpse's bath water, pour it across the threshold alone at night before cockcrow on St.

I entreat my captain to have me buried in a vault from which my body can be exhumed in case the duke, my father, should request its exhumation.

  They'd find Marx's body in the hold, and they'd exhume the Desmonds and Mbele and the eleven Dabihs.

They'd find Marx's body in the hold, and they'd exhume the Desmonds and Mbele and the eleven Dabihs.

From the space below the floorboards he exhumed the leaden gunny sack and affixed it to his belt.

The body of Lacoste was exhumed, the internal organs were extracted, and these, with portions of the muscular tissue, were submitted to analysis by a doctor of Auch, M.