Definition of deracinate in US English:



[with object]
  • Tear (something) up by the roots.

    ‘a deracinated writer who has complicated relations with his working-class background’
    • ‘In addition they had numerous tired and sad specimens deracinated, to make way for the new goodies, including red, pink and orange flowered gums.’
    • ‘To be offered a place in society which you cannot honestly fill is to be deracinated.’
    • ‘Her forms resemble the organic and deracinated limbs of trees and woody plants, but its anaerobic sterility makes a comment not on the inherent majesty of the environment but rather of its frailty in the face of human progress and development.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Soon bored with the rash of glass and steel slabs, deracinated architects could only turn to differences of shape and texture to stand for advancement.’
    • ‘To understand why he stood out, you have to delve into an authentically deracinated, yet oddly healthy life history.’
    • ‘Apart from the rest of humanity, they are "a new race of deracinated people, internal exiles without human ties, but with enormous power.’
    • ‘While all three novellas center on alienated and deracinated people -- doubters, outcasts, the detritus of biblical stories -- they are slight and unmemorable as fictional characters.’
    • ‘Bloom is an archetype of the modern protagonist, marginal, in a sense deracinated, tenuously connected to his culture.’
    • ‘Growing to less than 1 foot in height, Geranium incanum self-sows with abandon but is easily deracinated if you should be bothered by where it travels in your garden.’
    • ‘We have polluted, consumed, caged, corrupted, deracinated, tortured, and tormented just about every form of creation on Earth.’
    • ‘Landscape has its own poetics - to which even the most deracinated of Modern architects cannot help but respond.’
    • ‘Let deracinated intellectuals on both sides move their distant masses in any which way that suits them, paying no attention whatever to the sentiments of those masses.’
    • ‘"Otherwise you get deracinated people who have no stake and no hope," he told me in an interview afterward.’
    • ‘Though he refuses to deracinate himself he does valorize pioneer mythology over racial realities in the West.’
    • ‘The culture of the nation is to be replaced by one suitable only for rootless and deracinated people - a people that can be deluded that what it is told to think and believe is really ‘universal’ because it has long since ceased to have any real culture of its own.’
    • ‘Mass migration has intensified that sense of being deracinated.’
    • ‘We are deracinated Chinese, stripped of our regionalism, belonging neither here nor there.’
    • ‘This time his narrator is a deracinated white South African who returns home to be with his mother as she dies.’
    • ‘Behind that deracinated plant we see a landscape.’
    put an end to, do away with, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, expunge, extirpate
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Late 16th century: from French déraciner, from dé- (expressing removal) + racine ‘root’ (based on Latin radix).