- When you need to dig up the body of someone who was buried a year ago because it turns out that she may have been murdered and you need to get evidence, this is an example of when you exhume.
- When a museum worker finds an old scroll in the museum's warehouse and puts it on display, this is an example of how the worker exumes the scroll.
Exhume is defined as to dig up a body from the ground, or to bring back something that was formerly hidden or unknown.
- to dig out of the earth; disinter
- to bring to light; disclose; reveal
Origin of exhumeMiddle English exhumen ; from Medieval Latin exhumare ; from Classical Latin ex, out + humus, the ground: see humus
transitive verbex·humed, ex·hum·ing, ex·humes
- To remove from a grave; disinter.
- To bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity.
Origin of exhumeFrench exhumer, from Medieval Latin exhumare : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin humus, ground; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present exhumes, present participle exhuming, simple past and past participle exhumed)