Definition of déraciné in US English:



  • Uprooted or displaced from one's geographical or social environment.

    ‘the self-consciousness of déraciné Americans’
    • ‘"I was déraciné; an exile from the Jewish community and, I felt, not really accepted in the Christian community."’
    • ‘Henry James was a difficult case for him to contemplate because each, in his own way, was 'déraciné'.’
    • ‘He saw the decadence that overtook Indian culture, but he admits he was déraciné.’
    • ‘He talked of Les Cosmopolites and the literary scene in France before the war, of their obsession with foreign travel… the almost sexual thrill of being out of your own country: an outsider, déraciné, worldly, nomadic.’


  • A person who has been or feels displaced.

    • ‘Conrad, of course, was a déraciné, which no doubt counts for a good deal in the intensity with which he renders his favourite theme of isolation.’
    • ‘It follows that because he is spiritually alienated from his society, he is a déraciné, an individual without roots, going from one locale to another.’
    • ‘Maurice, on reaching the age to choose a career, deliberately turned towards the provinces - he who was a déraciné, born of an Alsatian father and a Savoyard mother, and educated first at Paris, then at Dijon.’


French, ‘uprooted’.