One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Uprooted or displaced from one's geographical or social environment.‘the self-consciousness of déraciné Americans’
- ‘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.’
- ‘"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.’
A person who has been or feels displaced.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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