American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To break down into components; dismantle.
- v. To write about or analyze (a literary text, for example), following the tenets of deconstruction.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take apart (what has been put together); undo the construction of; undo (what has been done).
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstruction.
- v. interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstructing
“Being able to "deconstruct" requires speaking and understanding a certain type of language, and subscribing to certain intellectual theories.”
“I've found that when I "deconstruct" an art to develop variations, my original notes seem very simplistic.”
“It might be helpful to "deconstruct" this conversation.”
“And so if you don't beat the military uniform hard enough, we like to drop the roll, like, as soon as we put the fiber, the combat paper project through its workshops seeks to allow the veteran to kind of deconstruct their uniform and deconstruct their experiences in a very comfortable environment and create cathartic works of art.”
“Callow wants to "deconstruct" the Welles story, see the real man who made himself a myth in cahoots with a pushover press.”
“The left that so loves to "deconstruct" everything about Western culture and faith can't seem to recognize their own new religion or their zealous resistance to any deconstruction of their new god object.”
“You say we should "deconstruct" all truth claims (a founder of "deconstructionism," Paul de Man. whose writings are still influential in American universities, was a Belgian fascist) because there are no facts, only opinions?”
“But what I wanted to mention was how much I enjoyed the recent Simpson's Super Spectactular that criticized all these writers who always want to "deconstruct" some long running hero in a grim and cynical way.”
“To "deconstruct" philosophy, thus, would be to think-—in the most faithful, interior way—-the structured genealogy of philosophy's concepts, but at the same time to determine—-from a certain exterior that is unqualifiable or unnameable by philosophy—-what this history has been able to dissimulate or forbid, making itself into a history by means of this somewhere motivated repression.”
“Here Wood follows Brian Harley, who in turn drew on social theorists such as Michel Foucault and Anthony Giddens to "deconstruct" cartography as "a form of political discourse concerned with the acquisition and maintenance of power," specifically the power of the state (Brian Harley, "Silences and Secrecy: The Hidden Agenda of Cartography in Early Modern Europe," Imago Mundi 40 : 57-76).”
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