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Jul 22, 2009This week's theme
This week's words
A Word A Day
the book "Delightful."
-The New York Times
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. To remove from a grave.
2. To bring to light.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin dis- (away, apart) + interrare (to bury), from in- (in) + terra (earth). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ters- (to dry) that is also the source of territory, terrace, turmeric, toast, and terra firma.
A synonym of today's word is exhume, from Latin ex- (out) + humus (earth), which is from the Indo-European root dhghem- (earth) that also gave us human, homicide, homage, chameleon, chamomile, and Persian zamindar (landholder).
USAGE:"From underneath all this falsity, he needs to disinter what's true."
Tessa Hadley; Windows on the World; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 10, 2009.
See more usage examples of disinter in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us. -Konrad Lorenz, ethologist, Nobel laureate (1903-1989)