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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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  • He fondly believes that he is becoming a good American when he is only a deracinated cosmopolitan.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • And there sat Sarah Gailey, deracinated and captive, to prove how influential a person Hilda was!

    Hilda Lessways Arnold Bennett
  • It was one of his strong points that he always kept his mental balance even when his most promising theories were deracinated.

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British Dictionary definitions for deracinated


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 deracinated



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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