Monday, September 7, 2009


deracinate \(ˌ)dē-ˈra-sə-ˌnāt\ transitive verb: 1. uproot, 
2. to remove or separate from a native environment or culture, especially to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from

Etymology: Middle French desraciner, from des- de- + racine root, from Late Latin radicina, from Latin radic-, radix

One might think that deracinate and race have similar etymologies, especially considering definition 2 and the face that rac- is embedded in the word deracinate, but according to Merriam-Webster and MyEtymology, the two words appear to be historically distinct.

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