deconstruct

verb de·con·struct \ ˌdē-kən-ˈstrəkt \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of deconstruct

transitive verb
1 : to examine (something, such as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction
2 : to take apart or examine (something) in order to reveal the basis or composition often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies
  • deconstruct the myths of both the left and the right
  • —Wayne Karlin
3 : to adapt or separate the elements of for use in an ironic or radically new way
  • uses his masterly tailoring skills to deconstruct the classics
  • Vogue
4 : destroy, demolish
  • nations that are deconstructing themselves
  • —Jim Hoagland

deconstructive

play \-tiv\ adjective

deconstructor

play \-tər\ noun

Examples of deconstruct in a Sentence

  1. deconstructing the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes

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First Known Use of deconstruct

1973



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