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    disinter

    Is there another word for disinter? " The police has disinterred the remains of a body."

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    Re: disinter

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Is there another word for disinter? " The police has disinterred the remains of a body."
    My first thought was "exhume". "Unbury" also exists although I don't much like it. I can't pinpoint why I don't like it, though.

    There's a great selection here: Disinter Synonyms, Disinter Antonyms | Thesaurus.com
    However, be wary - some of them have subtle shades of meaning that aren't quite the same. For your example, where the police are doing it and it relates to human remains, I'd stick to disinter or exhume.

    Possibly if the context is sufficiently informal or you are simplifying for non-native speakers, "dig up" could work - although it's a very casual phrase for a serious action.

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    Re: disinter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tullia View Post
    My first thought was "exhume". "Unbury" also exists although I don't much like it. I can't pinpoint why I don't like it, though.

    There's a great selection here: Disinter Synonyms, Disinter Antonyms | Thesaurus.com
    However, be wary - some of them have subtle shades of meaning that aren't quite the same. For your example, where the police are doing it and it relates to human remains, I'd stick to disinter or exhume.

    Possibly if the context is sufficiently informal or you are simplifying for non-native speakers, "dig up" could work - although it's a very casual phrase for a serious action.

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    Re: disinter

    It's "The police have..."

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    #5

    Re: disinter

    Exhume.

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    Re: disinter

    There's also the rather less formal 'dig up' - often used as a dysphemism in reaction to an official announcement that someone is to be exhumed: 'They can't just dig up grandpa because it suits the town planners and they want a road there'.

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    Re: disinter

    You could also say that they have uncovered the remains.

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    Re: disinter

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could also say that they have uncovered the remains.
    Thanks.

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    Re: disinter

    PS One last thing:

    Exhuming is an official process, involving the opening of something that is already known to be a grave. When the police exhume a body, they do it for some such reason as DNA identification or suspected poisoning.... (Etymological note: the roots of the word suggest that any old humus would do [Latin for earth], and if a body was found covered with leaf-mould - humus - that would be even neater. But the only common word deriving from Latin humus and referring to a grave [well, just to death really] is 'posthumous'; there is also 'inhume' but that is archaic - or, when Terry Pratchett uses it, a joke.)

    If police find a body hidden or lost, or in a shallow grave, they find/discover/dig up/unearth/uncover it.

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