verb (used with object), de·rac·i·nat·ed, de·rac·i·nat·ing.

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
Related formsde·rac·i·na·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for deracinated

Contemporary Examples of deracinated

  • Yes: in a deracinated kind of way, that argument makes sense.

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    The Merits of Merit Pay

    Megan McArdle

    September 19, 2012

  • They are not fleeing dramatic scenes of battle, but they are just as deracinated as if they were.

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    The Forgotten Lives of Refugees

    Christopher Dickey

    June 19, 2012

Historical Examples of deracinated

  • 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)

to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate
to remove, as from a natural environment
Derived Formsderacination, noun

Word Origin for deracinate

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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