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Friday, March 23, 2018

Definitions for deracinate

  1. to isolate or alienate (a person) from a native or customary culture or environment.
  2. to pull up by the roots; uproot; extirpate; eradicate.

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Citations for deracinate
Our parents sent us to those schools to deracinate us, to obliterate our class markings. Malcolm Knox, Summerland, 2000
In little more than a century, millions of human beings in Europe and America ... have undertaken to deracinate themselves from the natural continuum and all that it has to teach us of Man's relationship to the nonhuman more completely than ever before in the human past. Theodore Roszak, "Can We Survive the Artificial Environment?" The Rotarian, June 1971
Origin of deracinate
The root of deracinate “to uproot” is the Late Latin noun rādīcīna “root,” from Latin rādīx (stem rādīc-), from which English derives radical and eradicate. Latin rādīx comes from the Proto-Indo-European root wrād- (and its variants) “branch, root.” The noun wrādios becomes Latin rādius “staff, rod, beam, radius (of a circle), ray (of light),” from which, via French, English has ray (of light or energy). The suffixed form wrād-mo- becomes Latin rāmus “branch, twig,” from which English derives ramify and ramification. Proto-Indo-European wrād- becomes wrōt- in Germanic, from which Old Norse derives rōt, which becomes root in English. Deracinate entered English in the late 16th century.