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EtymologyEdit

de- +‎ construct

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /diːkənˈstɹʌkt/, /diːkənˈstɹʊkt/

VerbEdit

deconstruct (third-person singular simple present deconstructs, present participle deconstructing, simple past and past participle deconstructed)

  1. (transitive, often figuratively) To break something down into its component parts.
  2. (transitive) To analyse in terms of deconstruction (a philosophical theory of textual criticism).
  3. (transitive) To analyse (generally).
  4. (transitive) To critique (generally).
  5. (transitive, especially US sports) To destroy.

Usage notesEdit

Narrowly used as a specific kind of literary analysis and criticism; broadly used as a fancy term to mean analysis, criticism, destruction, etc.

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