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[dis-in-tur] /ˌdɪs ɪnˈtɜr/
verb (used with object), disinterred, disinterring.
to take out of the place of interment; exhume; unearth.
to bring from obscurity into view:
The actor's autobiography disinterred a past era.
Origin of disinter
1605-15; dis-1 + inter
Related forms
disinterment, noun Unabridged
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  • Some think that even older skeletons should be disinterred.
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  • Only applies if burial is to be disinterred or excavated.
  • Remains may be disinterred only after an initial eight-year period has elapsed.
  • The burials have already been disinterred and they are ready to be reburied once the project is completed.
  • All of the burials were beneath the highway, all were disinterred and are stored in the container.
British Dictionary definitions for disinterred


verb (transitive) -ters, -terring, -terred
to remove or dig up; exhume
to bring (a secret, hidden facts, etc) to light; expose
Derived Forms
disinterment, noun
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Word Origin and History for disinterred



1610s, from French désenterrer (15c.), from dés- (see dis-) + enterrer "to inter" (see inter). Related: Disinterred.

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