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verb (used with object), de·rac·i·nat·ed, de·rac·i·nat·ing.
  1. to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.
  2. to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
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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
Related formsde·rac·i·na·tion, noun
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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.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard

    Thomas W. Hanshew

British Dictionary definitions for deracinated


verb (tr)
  1. to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
  2. to remove, as from a natural environment
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Derived Formsderacination, 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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