- 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
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Examples from the Web for deracinate
You cannot deracinate that wide-rooted dogma within your soul that more money means more joy.The Human Machine
E. Arnold Bennett
To deracinate Lowell was impossible, and it was for this very reason that he became so serviceable an international personage.
Och, and the girls whose poor hearts you deracinate, Whirl and bewilder and flutter and fascinate!The Book of Humorous Verse
No one by taking thought, can deracinate the mental habits of, say, twenty years.Journalism for Women
- to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
- to remove, as from a natural environment
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 deracinate
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