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[dee-kuh n-struhkt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle.
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Origin of deconstruct

apparently back formation from deconstruction
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interpret, dissect, dismantle, decipher, decode, explicate, gloss, disentangle, unravel

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verb (tr)
  1. to apply the theories of deconstruction to (a text, film, etc)
  2. to expose or dismantle the existing structure in (a system, organization, etc)
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Word Origin and History for deconstruct


1973, back-formation from deconstruction. Related: Deconstructed; deconstructing.

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