deracinate :

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

  • He referred to himself as a ghetto-Jew and didnt deracinate, like Mark Rothko (born Marcus Rothkowitz), or make up stories about his background, like Arshile Gorky.
  • There is an acute paradox here: the well-meaning China hands award the Olympics to Beijing; that empowers the government to deracinate the wild grass growing around its feet.

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