Definition of decentre in English:

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Pronunciation: /diːˈsɛntə/
(US decenter)


[with object]
1Displace from the centre or from a central position.
Example sentences
  • Some within these movements understand that they have to study, to know more, to decentre themselves from the culturally dominant ideology.
  • Around 1915, Shapley decentered the solar system by placing it toward the periphery of our galaxy.
  • I believe it was Freud who humbly suggested that the three greatest scientific revolutions were those that decentred humanity.
1.1Remove or displace (the individual human subject, such as the author of a text) from a primary place or central role: (as noun decentring) the decentring of the author is paradigmatic of contemporary experimental fiction
More example sentences
  • Despite many contemporary (and to my mind not at all nutty) attempts to decentre the author, in a book like this you can't escape the totalitarian presence (in what I've written above, I too have not succeeded).
  • The double meaning of language obliges the patient to decentre himself, to differentiate himself from the object; for the patient thinks he has heard one thing and then realises that the analyst has been saying something different.
  • The trip to Lublin has decentered the American from his role as spectator into the role of participant in the multi-voiced dialogue of the journey.
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