uproot

uprootedness, n.uprooter, n.
/up rooht", -root"/, v.t.
1. to pull out by or as if by the roots: The hurricane uprooted many trees and telephone poles.
2. to remove violently or tear away from a native place or environment: The industrial revolution uprooted large segments of the rural population.
3. to destroy or eradicate as if by pulling out roots: The conquerors uprooted many of the native traditions.
4. to displace, as from a home or country; tear away, as from customs or a way of life: to uproot a people.
v.i.
5. to become uprooted.
[1610-20; UP- + ROOT2]
Syn. 3. extirpate, banish, eliminate, remove.

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