deracinate

[ dih-ras-uh-neyt ]
/ dɪˈræs əˌneɪt /

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 forms

de·rac·i·na·tion, noun
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Examples from the Web for deracination

  • No child was ever made the subject of a more complete theory of deracination.

  • His deracination begins with the education that sends him to Paris, there to lose his originality.

    Egoists|James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for deracination

deracinate

/ (dɪˈræsɪˌneɪt) /

verb (tr)

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 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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