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deracinate

[dih-ras-uh-neyt] /dɪˈræs əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), deracinated, deracinating.
1.
to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.
2.
to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < French déracin(er) (equivalent to dé- dis-1 + -raciner, verbal derivative of racine root < Late Latin rādīcīna for Latin rādīc-, stem of rādīx) + -ate1
Related forms
deracination, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deracinate

deracinate

/dɪˈræsɪˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
2.
to remove, as from a natural environment
Derived Forms
deracination, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French desraciner, from des-dis-1 + racine root, from Late Latin rādīcīna a little root, from Latin rādīx a root
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Word Origin and History for deracinate
n.

1590s, "to pluck up by the roots," from French déraciner, from Old French desraciner "uproot, dig out, pull up by the roots," from des- (see dis-) + racine "root," from Late Latin radicina, diminutive of Latin radix (see radish). Related: Deracinated.

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