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[dih-ras-uh-neyt] /dɪˈræs əˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), deracinated, deracinating.
to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.
to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
Origin of deracinate
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
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deracination, noun Unabridged
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  • No child was ever made the subject of a more complete theory of deracination.

  • His deracination begins with the education that sends him to Paris, there to lose his originality.

    Egoists James Huneker
British Dictionary definitions for deracination


verb (transitive)
to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
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 deracination



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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