de·​nat·​u·​ral·​ize | \(ˌ)dē-ˈna-ch(ə-)rə-ˌlīz \

Definition of denaturalize 

transitive verb

1 : to make unnatural

2 : to deprive of the rights and duties of a citizen

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denaturalization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌna-​ch(ə-​)rə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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Baljinder Singh became the first person to be denaturalized under Operation Janus, a Homeland Security Department initiative that revokes citizenship of those who circumvented background checks during the naturalization process. CBS News, "Feds revoke citizenship of New Jersey man who used alias to enter U.S.," 11 Jan. 2018 Some were German citizens; others fled to Germany before they were denaturalized in the United States. Scott Nover, Washington Post, "Former guard at Nazi camp is the last remaining war collaborator ordered out of the United States. Authorities want him gone before he dies.," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of denaturalize

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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obstinately defiant of authority

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