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denaturalize

[dee-nach-er-uh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·nat·u·ral·ized, de·nat·u·ral·iz·ing.
  1. to deprive of proper or true nature; make unnatural.
  2. to deprive of the rights and privileges of citizenship or of naturalization.
Also especially British, de·nat·u·ral·ise.

Origin of denaturalize

First recorded in 1790–1800; de- + naturalize
Related formsde·nat·u·ral·i·za·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for denaturalize

Historical Examples

  • Christianity does not denaturalize, but only sanctifies and refines according to the laws of nature.

    A Short History of Monks and Monasteries

    Alfred Wesley Wishart


British Dictionary definitions for denaturalize

denaturalize

denaturalise

verb (tr)
  1. to deprive of nationality
  2. to make unnatural
Derived Formsdenaturalization or denaturalisation, noun
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