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


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

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).

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French déraciner, from racine ("root"), from Latin radix, radicis ("root").


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