Definition of decentre in English:


Line breaks: de|centre
Pronunciation: /diːˈsɛntə
(US decenter)


[with object]
  • 1Displace from the centre or from a central position.
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    • 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
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    • 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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