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[dee-kuh n-struhk-shuh n] /ˌdi kənˈstrʌk ʃən/
a philosophical and critical movement, starting in the 1960s and especially applied to the study of literature, that questions all traditional assumptions about the ability of language to represent reality and emphasizes that a text has no stable reference or identification because words essentially only refer to other words and therefore a reader must approach a text by eliminating any metaphysical or ethnocentric assumptions through an active role of defining meaning, sometimes by a reliance on new word construction, etymology, puns, and other word play.
Origin of deconstruction
Related forms
deconstructionist, adjective, noun
deconstructive, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deconstruction
  • Consider how your methods of construction and deconstruction will affect the reusability of your materials.
  • But a serious debate over the deconstruction of the city has never occurred.
  • They add up to a deeply affectionate work of literary deconstruction.
  • At the same time, it is a sustained deconstruction of sym- phonic form.
  • But in one respect the critics were mistaken from the start: they included deconstruction among the prime targets.
  • His clothes did display bravura feats of deconstruction.
  • These lines of reasoning are nonsensical and do not deserve yet another deconstruction on a blog.
  • Here you are talking about constructing life, but you started out in deconstruction: charting the human genome, piece by piece.
  • Basically, it has to do the same deconstruction as you.
  • He doesn't deconstruct his texts, he asks them to help him in the deconstruction of the philosophy in which they are implicated.
British Dictionary definitions for deconstruction


a technique of literary analysis that regards meaning as resulting from the differences between words rather than their reference to the things they stand for. Different meanings are discovered by taking apart the structure of the language used and exposing the assumption that words have a fixed reference point beyond themselves
Derived Forms
deconstructionist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for deconstruction

1973, as a strategy of critical analysis, in translations from French of the works of philosopher Jacques Derrida (b.1930). The word was used in English in a literal sense from 1865 of building and architecture, and in late 1860s sometimes as an ironic variant of Reconstruction in the U.S. political sense.

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