Definition of deracinate in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪˈrasɪneɪt/


[with object] (usually as adjective deracinated)
Uproot (someone) from their natural geographical, social, or cultural environment: a deracinated writer who has complicated relations with his working-class background
More example sentences
  • We are deracinated Chinese, stripped of our regionalism, belonging neither here nor there.
  • These questions haunt a society that is deracinated, fragmented, where the social consensus is constantly unsettled - where you escape the security of the beliefs you were raised in before you even have time to fully assimilate them.
  • Mass migration has intensified that sense of being deracinated.



Pronunciation: /dɪrasɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Our fathers presided over the ruthless deracination of political reportage in this country, and we intend to make amends during this campaign.
  • This fine novel of loss, love and deracination is set in the wetlands of the Somerset Levels in 1946 during one of the worst winters for decades.
  • She identifies deracination as the defining condition of the modern world.


Late 16th century: from French déraciner, from dé- (expressing removal) + racine 'root' (based on Latin radix).

Words that rhyme with deracinate

assassinate, fascinate

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Line breaks: de|racin|ate

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