- deconstructs, deconstructing, deconstructedIn philosophy and literary criticism, to deconstruct an idea or text means to show the contradictions in its meaning, and to show how it does not fully explain what it claims to explain. [TECHNICAL]
[V n] She sets up a rigorous intellectual framework to deconstruct various categories of film.Derived words:deconstruction [[t]di͟ːkənstrʌ̱kʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT
...the deconstruction of the macho psyche.
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deconstruct — de con*struct (d[ e] k[u^]n*str[u^]kt ), v. t. To interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstruction. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
deconstruct — 1973, back formation from DECONSTRUCTION (Cf. deconstruction). Related: Deconstructed; deconstructing … Etymology dictionary
deconstruct — ► VERB 1) analyse by deconstruction. 2) dismantle and expose the workings of. DERIVATIVES deconstructive adjective … English terms dictionary
deconstruct — [dē΄kən strukt′] vt. [back form. < DECONSTRUCTION] 1. to analyze (a text) by using deconstruction 2. to subject to rigorous analysis, as to reveal weakness or error 3. to take apart; disassemble … English World dictionary
deconstruct — transitive verb Date: 1973 1. to examine (as a work of literature) using the methods of deconstruction 2. to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition of often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or… … New Collegiate Dictionary
deconstruct — UK [ˌdiːkənˈstrʌkt] / US [ˌdɪkənˈstrʌkt] verb [transitive] Word forms deconstruct : present tense I/you/we/they deconstruct he/she/it deconstructs present participle deconstructing past tense deconstructed past participle deconstructed… … English dictionary
deconstruct — verb Deconstruct is used with these nouns as the object: ↑myth, ↑text … Collocations dictionary
deconstruct — /dee keuhn strukt /, v.t. to break down into constituent parts; dissect; dismantle. [appar. back formation from DECONSTRUCTION] * * * … Universalium
deconstruct — verb To break something down into its component parts … Wiktionary
deconstruct — de|con|struct [ ,dikən strʌkt ] verb transitive LINGUISTICS to examine a piece of writing in order to show that it can be understood in a different way by each person who reads it ╾ de|con|struc|tion noun uncount … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English