de·​cen·​ter | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈsen-tər How to pronounce decenter (audio) , -ˈse-nər \
decentered; decentering; decenters

Definition of decenter

transitive verb

: to cause to lose or shift from an established center or focus especially : to disconnect from practical or theoretical assumptions of origin, priority, or essence decenter Western conceptions of history — Ernest Larsen

Examples of decenter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To lean back and push forward is to decenter yourself and to center the marginalized. Ashlee Fowlkes, Forbes, 17 Sep. 2021 The point is to decenter and recontextualize yourself. New York Times, 1 June 2021 After eight seasons and multiple spinoffs, the series has found a way to not only decenter the idea of American exceptionalism but interrogate it. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, 5 Apr. 2021 But more quietly and more innovatively, the show began to decenter its composition, to drift away from BoJack and imagine in greater detail the lives of those around him: Diane, Todd, and Princess Carolyn. Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, 3 Aug. 2020 Montage, a staple of cartooning, is decentering by design. Sarah Boxer, The New York Review of Books, 7 Mar. 2019 That turned out to be too radical a gesture for some of Jones’s early readers, who were profoundly threatened by the way Roy’s suffering had been decentered. Joe Fassler, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2018 As interest grows in the role that microbiomes have played in our cognitive experience, our popular understanding of the human heart is decentering the mystical idea of a soul in favor of more atomized and detailed medical explanations. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, 27 Feb. 2018 The technical term is decentering, seeing one’s thoughts as thoughts, without emotional attachment to the thoughts. Orange County Register, 1 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of decenter

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Decenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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