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Jul 22, 2009
This week's theme
Miscellaneous words

This week's words
equanimity
assiduous
disinter
minatory
expatiate

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disinter

PRONUNCIATION:
(dis-in-TUHR)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
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)

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