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Definition to unbury a corpse — typically for medical investigation or reburial elsewhere

Much more rarely, exhume can be used to reference digging up artifacts or even recovering abandoned ideas or lost memories.
  • Investigators want to exhume the body for analysis, but the family is objecting.
exhume = to unbury a corpse — typically for medical investigation or reburial elsewhere
  • 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
  • No smashing with an ax head before it is decently exhumed from the grave that has hidden it all this time.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • exhumed = unburied
  • 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
  • exhumed = unburied
  • 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
  • Forty-five years later, when his body was exhumed, the priest's heart had not decayed.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Kathleen Enstice, a forensic pathologist who worked for the state, was summoned to exhume the infant's body.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • You now know more about his exhumation than ninety-nine percent of Americans.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • In the picture she looked like something whose bones might have been exhumed from the La Brea Tar Pits.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • 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 rest of us traipsed off day after day to exhume the past.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • In 2003 the authorities agreed to exhume around 30 bodies from a cemetery used by maternity hospital number 6.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • 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
  • Da Vinci actually exhumed corpses to measure the exact proportions of human bone structure.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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

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