deracinate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Calque of French déraciner, from racine (root), from Latin rādīx, rādīcis (root).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈɹæsɪneɪt/, /dɪˈɹæsəneɪt/
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Verb[edit]

deracinate (third-person singular simple present deracinates, present participle deracinating, simple past and past participle deracinated)

  1. To pull up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
  2. To force (people) from their homeland to a new or foreign location.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To liberate or be liberated from a culture or its norms.
    • 1986, Robert McCrum, William Cran, & Robert MacNeil, The Story of English, Viking Penguin Inc., page 328:
      Observing the highest echelons of Indian society, she notes the way in which some Indians become completely — almost absurdly — anglicized or deracinated.

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