Word of The Day for Sunday, September 26, 2010


de•rac•in•ate  [dih-ras-uh-neyt]   \(ˌ)dē-ˈra-sə-ˌnāt\   /dɪˈræsəˌneɪt v

1. to pull up by or as if by the roots; uproot; extirpate,
2. to remove, as from a natural environment
3. to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from

deracination noun deracinated past participle deracinated past tense deracinates 3rd person singular present deracinating present participle


Synonyms: uproot; extirpate; eradicate
Related Words: radish, radical, eradicate


• After her parents moved her across the country for her father to take a new job, Janice felt deracinated, all of her friends left behind in her suburban habitat as she was forced to adapt to her new high-rise-dwelling life.

• To activate that process one must engage the risk that an Event has the power to deracinate one's identity and the entire system of ideas and guarantees grounding that self- reference.


Middle French desraciner, from des- de- + racine root, from Late Latin radicina, from Latin radic-, radix
First Known Use: 1599

Sources: Dictionary, Etymology Online, Merriam-Webster

Why This Word:

In an age of dislocations, when so many people feel deracinated, by force of violence or economic necessity, we need to have this word in our vocabulary - if only to make manifest the connection between deracination and eradication.

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