deconstruct

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Etymology[edit]

de- +‎ construct

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /diːkənˈstɹʌkt/, /diːkənˈstɹʊkt/

Verb[edit]

deconstruct (third-person singular simple present deconstructs, present participle deconstructing, simple past and past participle deconstructed)

  1. (transitive, often metaphorical) To break something down into its component parts.
  2. (transitive) To analyse in terms of deconstruction (a philosophical theory of textual criticism).
  3. (transitive) To analyse (generally).
  4. (transitive) To critique (generally).
  5. (transitive, especially US sports) To destroy.

Usage notes[edit]

Narrowly used as a specific kind of literary analysis and criticism; broadly used as a fancy term to mean analysis, criticism, destruction, etc.

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