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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.
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 for exhumed
  • Unfortunately for his projects, however, the buried puss was exhumed by hounds.
  • And, in fact, the dead could look better when exhumed than they did while still alive.
  • They exhumed eight burials and collected scores of artifacts from both cultures.
  • About six to eight months after a first burial, a body would be exhumed.
  • Perhaps six weeks after burial, she was exhumed and a brick placed carefully between her teeth.
  • Three years later, when exhumed, his skin looked as if lacquered onto a skeleton.
  • Sure enough, it contained the body of their relative, exhumed and waiting for collection.
  • When the bodies were finally exhumed, almost two weeks after the murders, they were discovered to have been badly defaced.
  • Some time after a dead ancestor had been buried, the now-fleshless skull would be exhumed.
  • The ice boulders were partially exhumed by later discharge that eroded their entombing sediment.
British Dictionary definitions for exhumed


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 exhumed
1783, from Fr. exhumer, from M.L. exhumare, from L. ex- "out of" + humare "bury," from humus "earth." An earlier form was exhumate (1540s), taken directly from the M.L. Related: Exhumed; exhuming
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