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[ig-zoom, -zyoom, eks-hyoom] /ɪgˈzum, -ˈzyum, ɛksˈhyum/
verb (used with object), exhumed, exhuming.
to dig (something buried, especially a dead body) out of the earth; disinter.
to revive or restore after neglect or a period of forgetting; bring to light:
to exhume a literary reputation; to exhume old letters.
Origin of exhume
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin exhumāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + humāre to inter
Related forms
[eks-hyoo-mey-shuh n] /ˌɛks hyʊˈmeɪ ʃən/ (Show IPA),
exhumer, noun
unexhumed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exhumation
  • Motorists who leave their cars parked on the street this winter are getting ample time to hone their exhumation techniques.
  • exhumation labor costs have no fixed price, since they depend upon the amount of work and time required for exhumation.
  • There is no time period on how long a body has been buried before an exhumation can be done.
  • Labor costs for exhumation have no fixed price, since they depend on the amount of work and time required for exhumation.
  • There is no time period before which an exhumation is permissible.
  • In the rare cases of exhumation before that time period, permission from the sanitation authorities is required.
  • Notice of such exhumation shall be given as directed by the district court.
British Dictionary definitions for exhumation


verb (transitive)
to dig up (something buried, esp a corpse); disinter
to reveal; disclose; unearth: don't exhume that old argument
Derived Forms
exhumation (ˌɛkshjʊˈmeɪʃən) noun
exhumer, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin exhumāre, from Latin ex-1 + humāre to bury, from humus the ground
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Word Origin and History for exhumation

early 15c., from Medieval Latin exhumationem (nominative exhumatio), noun of action from past participle stem of exhumare (see exhume).



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. Related: Exhumed; exhuming.

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