Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pull out by the roots; uproot.
  • transitive v. To displace from one's native or accustomed environment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pull up by the roots; to uproot; to extirpate.
  • v. To force people from their homeland to a new or foreign location.
  • v. To liberate or be liberated from a culture or its norms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pluck up by the roots; to extirpate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pluck up by the roots; eradicate; extirpate: as, to deracinate hair.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pull up by or as if by the roots
  • v. move (people) forcibly from their homeland into a new and foreign environment

Etymologies

From French déraciner, from Old French desraciner : des-, de- + racine, root (from Late Latin rādīcīna, from Latin rādīx, rādīc-; see wrād- in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French déraciner, from racine ("root"), from Latin radix, radicis ("root"). (Wiktionary)

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  • There is as yet no Greek language of philosophy; a long development will bring it forth however; Aristotle will deracinate the last image of Homer, and leave the Greek tongue supersensible.

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  • 'To defend society?' asked Somerset; 'to stake one's life for others? to deracinate occult and powerful evil?

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  • And sometimes, not having the fear of poetical, or rather of unpoetical precisians and martinets before his eyes, he did not even scruple to naturalize words for his own use from foreign springs, such as exsufflicate and deracinate; or to coin a word, whenever the concurring reasons of sense and verse invited it; as in fedary, intrinse, intrinsicate, insisture, and various others.

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