exhume

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See also: exhumé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin exhumō, from Latin ex- + humō (to to bury).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɛks.ˈ(h)juːm/, /ɪɡ.ˈzjuːm/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɛkˈ.s(j)um/, /ɪɡˈz(j)um/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

exhume (third-person singular simple present exhumes, present participle exhuming, simple past and past participle exhumed)

  1. (transitive) To dig out of the ground; to take out of a place of burial; to disinter.
    • 1936, Rollo Ahmed, The Black Art, London: Long, page 126:
      Not so long ago a Scotsman is reported to have exhumed the body of his daughter and burnt her heart, as he thought she was devitalising her remaining brother and sister and making them ill.
    The archeologist exhumed artifacts from the ground with a shovel.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To uncover; to bring to light.
    • 2009, S. E. Wilmer, Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories (page 47)
      Memorial was permeated by a sense of mission, a moral imperative to exhume the truth and display it to the eyes of its compatriots, whatever feelings of shame, outrage, denial, or shock might ensue.

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French[edit]

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exhume

  1. first-person singular present indicative of exhumer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of exhumer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of exhumer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of exhumer
  5. second-person singular imperative of exhumer

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /eɡˈʃume/, [eɣ̞ˈʃu.me]

Verb[edit]

exhume

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of exhumar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of exhumar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of exhumar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of exhumar.