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Investigators want to exhume the body for analysis, but the family is objecting.
  to unbury a corpse — typically for medical investigation or reburial elsewhere
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  • Investigators want to exhume the body for analysis, but the family is objecting.
  • If I could, I’d exhume his body and punch him in the nose.
  • Of all the pre-adamite whales yet exhumed, by far the largest is...
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • exhume from the cobwebbed recesses of his memory
    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse  --  Uneasy Money

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  • Black corpses were routinely exhumed from graves for research, and an under ground shipping industry kept schools in the North supplied with black bodies from the South for anatomy courses.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • No smashing with an ax head before it is decently exhumed from the grave that has hidden it all this time.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • In 2003 the authorities agreed to exhume around 30 bodies from a cemetery used by maternity hospital number 6.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Kathleen Enstice, a forensic pathologist who worked for the state, was summoned to exhume the infant’s body.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • During the next week, some workers, my brother David among them, had to exhume hundreds of bodies from the mass graves where they had been thrown and burn them.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • Da Vinci actually exhumed corpses to measure the exact proportions of human bone structure.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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  • 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.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • In the picture she looked like something whose bones might have been exhumed from the La Brea Tar Pits.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • It was a weakness he’d discovered as an art student when the teacher informed the class that Leonardo da Vinci had gained his expertise in the human form by exhuming corpses and dissecting their musculature.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The body to be exhumed.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • With the shovel he began to dig in the sand which the brush had concealed, exhuming one by one six metal tins with screw tops.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The rest of us traipsed off day after day to exhume the past.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • Like so many cold, weak people, when faced at last by the incontrovertible disaster she exhumed from somewhere a sort of fortitude, strength.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • She remembered the long relationship, crowded with the wreckage of exhumed conversations, of fancied slights, of inopportune confidences, of charges of neglect and exclusion (but she must have been mad that day; she remembered beating upon the table).
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • You now know more about his exhumation than ninety-nine percent of Americans.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • They burned it in one of the pots, and the stench was like a corpse exhumed for its bones too soon.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • Forty-five years later, when his body was exhumed, the priest’s heart had not decayed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • During the Civil War, Union soldiers exhumed the body from the grave and posted his skull on an iron gate as a warning to citizens not to resist the occupation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Bend in the Road
  • As she left I became aware of a deep wild perfume exhumed in the rising heat of the day, lifting invisibly from the untrimmed hedges and grottoes of ill-disciplined flowers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Finally a petition was sent to the Home Secretary; the body was exhumed; large quantities of arsenic were discovered; and Mr Pengelley was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • "And as for that tripod, well, we’d better exhume the body and make our own measurements, and measure the thickness of the edge of that boat, so that it may not be so easy for Mason to make any use of the tripod now that he has it, after all."
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • They are there, yet something is missing; they are like a chemical formula exhumed along with the letters from that forgotten chest, carefully, the paper old and faded and falling to pieces, the writing faded, almost indecipherable, yet meaningful, familiar in shape and sense, the name and presence of volatile and sentient forces; you bring them together in the proportions called for, but nothing happens; you re-read, tedious and intent, poring, making sure that you have forgotten…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • By a special urgency measure the denizens of grants in perpetuity were evicted from their graves and the exhumed remains dispatched to the crematorium.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • The museum’s owners, however, balked at buying Oswald’s original pine casket, which was replaced after his body was exhumed in 1981, saying it was too macabre.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • In December 2010, Booth’s descendants agreed to exhume the remains of Edwin Booth to see if DNA from his body is a match for the DNA in the vertebrae housed at Walter Reed.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • This well-known precaution was adopted to prevent the speedy exhumation of the body by some of the carnivorous beasts of the prairie, whose instinct was sure to guide them to the spot.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • "I certainly was not suggesting you exhume the Pope …." She hesitated, though.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Other matters occupied us, and I had nearly forgotten the Pengelley tragedy when it was suddenly recalled to me by a short paragraph in the paper which stated that an order to exhume the body of Mrs Pengelley had been obtained from the Home Secretary.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • As soon as the baby was exhumed but before she had an opportunity to formally examine the body, Enstice told an investigator that she believed that the baby had been born alive.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • The body of the unfortunate Miss Evelyn-Hyde had been exhumed, of course, and as Geoffrey Alliburton drew Mary to a halt in front of the gate leading into Little Dunthorpe’s C of E churchyard, Mrs. Ramage found herself wishing fervently that she had not listened to the tales of the exhumation.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • The body of the unfortunate Miss Evelyn-Hyde had been exhumed, of course, and as Geoffrey Alliburton drew Mary to a halt in front of the gate leading into Little Dunthorpe’s C of E churchyard, Mrs. Ramage found herself wishing fervently that she had not listened to the tales of the exhumation.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Moreover, the artist’s eerie eccentricities projected an admittedly demonic aura: Da Vinci exhumed corpses to study human anatomy; he kept mysterious journals in illegible reverse handwriting; he believed he possessed the alchemic power to turn lead into gold and even cheat God by creating an elixir to postpone death; and his inventions included horrific, never-before-imagined weapons of war and torture.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • We have a few old mouth-to-mouth tales; we exhume from old trunks and boxes and drawers letters without salutation or signature, in which men and women who once lived and breathed are now merely initials or nicknames out of some now incomprehensible affection which sound to us like Sanskrit or Chocktaw; we see dimly people, the people in whose living blood and seed we ourselves lay dormant and waiting, in this shadowy attenuation of time possessing now heroic proportions, performing…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • But as for Clyde striking her with it, even accidentally, well, it was decided at that time at least, to contend that he had not—although after exhuming Roberta’s body at Biltz it had been found that the marks on her face, even at this date, did correspond in some degree to the size and shape of the camera.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Belknap and Jephson, having heard that Miss Alden’s body had been sent to her home for burial, would request at once a counsel’s agreement whereby it might be exhumed in order that other doctors now to be called by the defense might be permitted to examine it—a proposition which Mason at once sought to oppose but finally agreed to rather than submit to an order from a Supreme Court judge.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • …by and so give the words life and meaning, and no chance that he ever would (certainly no belief or thought that someday he might), and because he was too busy doing the things that boys do; and when he got to be a youth and curiosity itself exhumed the tales which he did not know he had heard and speculated about them, he was interested and would have liked to see the places once, but without envy or regret, because he just thought that some people were spawned in one place and some…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • I heard an echo, but not the shot; I saw a closed door but did not enter it I remember bow that afternoon when we carried the coffin from the house (Jones and another white man which be produced, exhumed, from somewhere made it of boards torn from the carnage house; I remember bow while we ate the food which Judith—yes, Judith: the same face calm cold and tranquil above the stove—had cooked, ate it in the very room which be lay over we could hear them hammering and sawing in the back…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
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Associated words [difficulty]:   exhume [6] , interment [3] , disinterment [6]
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